Grandma's Strawberry Gratin

Here is a little grandmother's dessert that you will tell me about! I took it from the very nice book "Quand nos grand-mères cuisinaient en Suisse romande", and I fell in love with it. An airy mousse, still raw strawberries that exhale their delicious perfume... a joy. This dessert is made in less than 15 minutes, requires only eggs, cream and strawberries (and a little sugar). Simple, quick, flavorful... absolutely brilliant.

A dazzling dessert for spring

When the strawberries finally arrive, I can't stop eating them. But after a while, I end up wanting to taste it in a different way than plain. I've been wanting to try this gratin since last year. But of course, you have to wait for the right season... So I took my time. All winter long, I thought about it, leafed through the book, imagined the taste. Frankly, I was not disappointed. The mousse is creamy but extra light. The gratin only needs a few minutes in the oven to brown the top. The taste of the strawberries is not altered at all, and even on the contrary: it is reinforced. It is also a very quick dessert, to be eaten right out of the oven. It's as beautiful as it is simple, and gives the impression of eating in a restaurant, which is important at the moment.

Grandma's Strawberry Gratin

A dazzling dessert for spring
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Switzerland
Difficulty: easy
Servings: 4


  • 600 g of strawberries
  • 3 eggs
  • 75 g sugar
  • 1 sachet vanilla sugar
  • 10 cl liquid cream


  • Wash the strawberries, remove the stems and cut them in half. Set aside.
  • In a small saucepan, beat the egg yolks, sugar and vanilla sugar with an electric mixer until the mixture is creamy. Pour in the cream and mix.
  • Prepare a barely bubbling water bath. Set up the pan, and whisk again until the mixture thickens. Be careful not to let it boil!
  • Remove from heat and let cool.
  • Beat two egg whites until stiff and add to the mixture.
  • Spread the cream in a gratin dish or small ramekins and place the strawberries on top, without pushing them in.
  • Place under the broiler and watch your dessert! In a few minutes, it will be well "bronzed". It will then be time to enjoy it.


Recipe adapted from the book "Quand nos grand-mères cuisinaient en Suisse romande" by Raymonde Gaillard-Bochatay, Ed. Equinoxe


Calories: 177kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 126mg | Sodium: 49mg | Potassium: 278mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 26g | Vitamin A: 233IU | Vitamin C: 88mg | Calcium: 44mg | Iron: 1mg
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