Strawberry Balsamic Gratin w/ Champagne Sabayon

by Kiran on September 21, 2012 · 71 comments

in Baking, Desserts

Hello!!! How is it Friday already?!?


I’m often asked where do I get my inspirations to create recipes. Almost everything you see here are developed by yours truly. There are times that I often flip through food magazines, cookbooks, blogs and recipe clippings from my mom for inspirations.

Not really clippings, more like an email from my mom. She’s digging the technology 🙂

But there are times when I love watching food channels on tv for inspirations. One of my favorite all time show is “French Food at Home, by Laura Calder” on Food Network.

I just love the way she narrates simple french food and cooking methods in a lay-man term. No fuss, no technicality or jargons — just simple french food that anyone can make at home.

But that wouldn’t stop me from dreaming about going to France, eh?

When I think or talk about France, this comes to my mind:

Julia Child 🙂

Cute little cafes along cobbler stone roads.

Chocolate croissants!

Dreamy cappuccino.

OK fine, I’d throw in the Eiffel tower and Louvre. What can a foodie think of, otherwise?

The other day, I was watching this recipe on tv: berry gratin with champagne sabayon. Laura made is so easily and the recipe required a handful of simple ingredients.

With some champagne in tow, what’s not to love? You can substitute berries with whatever preference you have in the berry department.

I just wish it was summer all over again.

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Berry Gratin with Champagne Sabayon, adapted from Laura Calder’s French Food at Home.


  • 8 oz fresh strawberries, hulled and sliced
  • 2 tbsp aged balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tsp corn starch
  • pinch of salt
  • 4 small organic egg yolks
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 4 tbsp champagne/sparkling wine
Garnish: Strawberries, raw pistachios and fresh mint leaves.


  1. Add fresh strawberry slices in a bowl with balsamic vinegar, corn starch and a pinch of salt. Mix and allow to macerate for a few minutes.
  2. Heat a saucepan with some water on low. Do not simmer, just heat.
  3. Meantime, make sabayon by whisking egg yolks, sugar and wine in a roomy glass bowl.
  4. Set the bowl over heated saucepan/double boiler and continue whisking sabayon until mixture is frothy, pale and ribbony. This should take between 5 to 8 minutes.
  5. Remove bowl from saucepan and keep whisking to cool slightly.
  6. Preheat oven to broil. Arrange macerated strawberries into individual gratin dishes and set it on a baking sheet.
  7. Spoon sabayon over strawberries and place under broiler until golden. This shouldn’t take more than a minute.
  8. Serve immediately with a glass of champagne.

Off to dream about France, french foods and most importantly, it’s desserts!! Huh.

What do you think about, when you hear the word “France”? And what inspires you in the kitchen?


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1 Rosa September 21, 2012 at 1:36 PM

A gorgeous dessert! So refined and surely extremely good tasting.



2 Kiran September 25, 2012 at 4:43 PM

Thanks Rosa.

3 Deb September 21, 2012 at 2:55 PM

I also find inspiration everywhere! Blogs, Twitter, cookbooks, the seasons and my imagination! Adore that you have featured strawberries. The sabayon with berries is luscious! Our berry season is longer than most other areas in California and I enjoy every last bite!

4 Kiran September 25, 2012 at 4:48 PM

Deb — enjoy the longer berry season. I’m slightly jealous 😉

5 cakewhiz September 21, 2012 at 3:02 PM

my mom is starting to dig technology too….well sorta! she finds some things very complicated. i have been trying to get her on facebook but she doesn’t understand the privacy settings…lol.

i have never made gratin before but it’s been on my to-do list for ages! yours looks perfect and fruity and so colorful 😀

6 Kiran September 25, 2012 at 4:50 PM

Cakewhiz — don’t force her on facebook, mine is still comprehending the need to waste so much time over there 😉

7 Kathryn September 21, 2012 at 3:07 PM

This is so lovely, I can imagine eating this on a warm summer night in the French countryside!
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8 the wicked noodle September 21, 2012 at 5:35 PM

These look like the perfect dessert!
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9 Lora @cakeduchess September 21, 2012 at 9:40 PM

Inspiration is everywhere and especially with all the delicious blogs that are around to peruse. I love this beautiful sabayon. It would be perfect with a glass of champagne:)
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10 Sammie September 21, 2012 at 10:34 PM

Wow Kiran! This looks amazing! You got me dreaming about France now too!!
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11 Kiran September 25, 2012 at 4:51 PM

Sammie — let’s dream about France together 😀

12 Rekha Kakkar September 21, 2012 at 10:46 PM

What a gorgeous treat that looks like…Shame that strawberry season is over in India, Yes! whats there not to love it 🙂
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13 Kiran September 25, 2012 at 5:03 PM

Rekha — Don’t worry, berry season is getting over here too!

14 chinmayie @ love food eat September 22, 2012 at 1:11 AM

How beautiful and lite! Lovely dessert.
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15 Carolyn Chan September 22, 2012 at 5:45 AM

I admire people like you so much ! I have a friend of mine who is like you and is always inventing new and delicious dishes. I need a recipe to at least follow.
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16 Kiran September 25, 2012 at 5:04 PM

Carolyn — awww, thanks a lot honey. It’s all based on trials and errors. Nothing comes up perfectly in first try 🙂

17 Choc Chip Uru September 22, 2012 at 6:29 AM

Food channels are not as inspiring as you my friend, this looks incredible 😀

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18 Kiran September 25, 2012 at 5:08 PM

Uru — thank you my dear. You made my day 🙂

19 Jen @ Savory Simple September 22, 2012 at 9:14 AM

What a creative dessert!

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21 Kiran September 25, 2012 at 8:07 PM

Teamupcups — thanks for the comment. I’d also appreciate it if you refrain from self-promotion comments in the future. Thank you 🙂

22 Asmita September 22, 2012 at 2:57 PM

I have always wanted to make Sabayon. Your recipe looks easy and delicious! Stunning photographs.
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23 Glamorous Glutton September 22, 2012 at 5:00 PM

Beautiful photos and a lovely dessert. Simple and very elegant. It contains champagne, what’s not to like? GG
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24 Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen September 22, 2012 at 5:17 PM

Champagne Sabayon? Yes please!
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25 Parsley Sage September 22, 2012 at 5:21 PM

Le Sigh! I wish you lived in my kitchen 🙂

This is gorgeous! And totally yum yum with the champagne and the strawberries and SWOOOOOOOON!
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26 Kiran September 25, 2012 at 8:09 PM

Parsley Sage — and thank god I didn’t! A girl needs a bedroom at least, honey 😀

27 Ina gawne September 22, 2012 at 5:34 PM

Wow…looks so delicious! I too have always wanted to make a Sabayon! Love Laura Calder too!
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28 Delishhh September 22, 2012 at 6:58 PM

Just gorgeous! I already long for the summer again!!!
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29 September 23, 2012 at 8:48 AM

Yes what a beautiful summer dish…. but now you are going to be cooking winter food and me summer ….. that first picture is sensational ! recently posted..Saucy Churros

30 Kiran September 25, 2012 at 8:55 PM

Tania — I’m jealous about your summer!

31 Katerina September 23, 2012 at 1:30 PM

I am always amazed when I see the impact Julia Child has on people even after so many years! Your sweet gratins looks so refreshing and sweet! When I hear the word Paris, the Seine bridges come to my mind!
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32 Kiran September 25, 2012 at 8:57 PM

Katerina — I need to go to Paris now that I’m curious to know more about the Seine bridge 😉

33 Sophie September 23, 2012 at 5:07 PM

A lovely dessert: very stylish & posh too! Strawberry season is all over in Belgium but I will make it using fresh berries from my garden instead!

Fab pictures too, Kiran! So beautiful!
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34 Kiran September 25, 2012 at 9:31 PM

Sophie — thanks dear, and I’m so envious of your garden berries 🙂

35 mjskit September 23, 2012 at 5:34 PM

This looks really, really good and a lot easier than I thought it would be! Maybe you just make it sound easy. 🙂 question: How many servings do you get with this recipe? Thanks for sharing!
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36 Kiran September 25, 2012 at 9:35 PM

MJ — thanks love. It makes about 3 dessert bowl servings. And it is truly very easy to make 🙂

37 amy @ fearless homemaker September 23, 2012 at 9:09 PM

Oh wow, this sounds amazing + your photos are so lovely! I could go for a bit of this right now – what a perfect post-dinner treat!

38 Nik September 23, 2012 at 10:19 PM

I like Laura Calder’s show too! Nice work on the sabayon and champagne, what’s not to love.
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39 Kim Bee September 24, 2012 at 12:05 AM

Kiran this is fabulous. I cannot take my eyes off it. Your photos just take my breath away.
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40 Kiran September 25, 2012 at 9:38 PM

Kim — awww, thanks a lot for the compliments my friend 🙂

41 Tania @ A Perfect Pantry September 24, 2012 at 3:34 AM

Just gorgeous and delicious looking. Would love a glass right now.
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42 Maureen | Orgasmic Chef September 24, 2012 at 5:42 AM

What a brilliant dish. I’d be instantly transported to some small street in France and everyone would be nice to me. 🙂
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43 Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella September 24, 2012 at 7:17 AM

Gorgeous photos! I particularly like the one with the egg yolk in the shell! 😀 It really does look so easy!
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44 Kiran September 25, 2012 at 9:39 PM

Lorraine — and it truly is very easy to make!

45 Nava Krishnan September 24, 2012 at 7:51 AM

Fabulous looking dessert and I wish I can taste some. Just like you, I get inspiration from watching cooking programs but you know we eat mostly Asian food, so I look out for Iron Chef Japan and other Asian cooking programs.
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46 Jean (Lemons & Anchovies) September 24, 2012 at 8:51 AM

I actually just returned from France so the memories are very fresh in my mind still. Your sabayon fits so well with your description of eating on a cobblestone street after visiting the Eiffel Towel and the Louvre maybe. 🙂 What a great recipe!
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47 Kiran September 25, 2012 at 9:55 PM

Jean — can I say I am so jealous at your recent trip? 😀

48 Ashley - Baker by Nature September 24, 2012 at 11:04 AM

This is so beautiful, Kiran! I’m dying to go to France this upcoming spring… wanna come ;)?
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49 Kiran September 25, 2012 at 9:59 PM

Ashley — Oh my god!! I want to go too!!!!!

50 Namitha September 24, 2012 at 11:32 AM

Such a gorgeous dessert !
France is any foodie’s travel destination, you must visit once 🙂 I was lucky to visit different parts of France, but it is one of the places I would love to visit again 😉
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51 Kiran September 25, 2012 at 10:05 PM

Namitha — I am now pestering the Husband to add it onto our travel “bucket list”! Thanks for the nudge my friend 🙂

52 Helene Dsouza I Masala Herb September 24, 2012 at 11:51 AM

Nice idea of a recipe, it would be great as a Sunday dinner dessert. =)

France, reminds me of the fact that I have not seen my family there for over 5 years and unfortunately I ll never see my grandmother again.
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53 Kiran September 25, 2012 at 10:06 PM

Helene — I’m sorry if this post brought back bitter-sweet memories. I hope you get to visit your family soon.

54 Kitchen Belleicious September 24, 2012 at 4:16 PM

where and how on earth do you come up with these recipes? They are so freakin good, so creative, simply genius and delicious! I am loving the berries with the balsamic and champagne sabayon!
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55 Kiran September 25, 2012 at 10:08 PM

Jessica — thanks for the compliments honey. I got this recipe inspired from a cooking show 🙂

56 Amanda September 24, 2012 at 6:48 PM

Oh, what lovely pics and what a delicious recipe – perfect for our upcoming summer here in Australia. I especially like the final instruction to enjoy with a glass of champagne – I’ll be happy to comply with that!
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57 Kiran September 25, 2012 at 10:22 PM

Amanda — do comply and let me know how it tastes. Cheers!

58 Daisy@Nevertoosweet September 24, 2012 at 8:38 PM

I’m like you Kiran I get inspiration everywhere I go 🙂 Ohhh i can’t wait to try this recipe! Strawberries are in season in Melbourne now and it’s so cheap hehe YAY!
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59 Kiran September 25, 2012 at 10:31 PM

Daisy — lol, I love your enthusiasm. Do try and let me know how it tastes 🙂

60 Julie M. September 24, 2012 at 8:58 PM

Ok, first off this dessert looks simply amazing! I love easy, sophisticated sweets such as this one. You definitely hit the nail on the head. When I think of France, I think of younger days; traveling with friends in college and right before our wedding. It’s such a magical city. 🙂 Last but not least, where did you find those adorable spoons? Love them!

61 Kiran September 26, 2012 at 3:31 PM

Julie — so glad to see you back into blogging my friend 🙂 And I truly hope we get to visit France someday!

ps: I would be talking about the spoons soon.

62 Baker Street September 25, 2012 at 12:53 AM

The champagne and the strawberries – yes, please! what an interesting and unique recipe, K! Love it!
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63 Kiran September 26, 2012 at 3:32 PM

Anu — thanks dear 🙂

64 Alison @ Ingredients, Inc September 25, 2012 at 7:46 AM

love this! When i think of the word France, i just think i want to go!
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65 Kiran September 26, 2012 at 3:42 PM

Alison — count me in 😉

66 Kristi Rimkus September 25, 2012 at 9:53 AM

This is truly a lovely recipe. I love the simplicity of ingredients, yet the presentation is so impressive.
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67 Kiran September 26, 2012 at 3:43 PM

Kristi — thanks love 🙂

68 Nami | Just One Cookbook September 26, 2012 at 7:55 PM

Wow this is another unique recipe. I’ve never tasted anything like this and kind of hard to imagine, but it must be wonderful… very French! Speaking of which… I wish I could travel to France too! I totally missed an opportunity to go before having kids. Now I can’t see myself going there with two kids, so how long do I need to wait… argh.
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69 Liz September 26, 2012 at 8:24 PM

So wonderful! I have a weakness when it comes to berry desserts…and this is a winner!

70 Courtney Jones September 26, 2012 at 11:13 PM

These are gorgeous! I’ve never seen such a pretty dessert! 🙂
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71 Erin @ EK Can't Cook October 12, 2012 at 11:00 PM

These are beautiful. The flavors sound divine and the presentation is lovely.
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