Dana Slatkin

Apple Custard Gratin

winning recipe - apple custard

Photo credit: Abra Samuels

Announcing the winner of our February Cooking Contest!

This last contest, in which I asked you to share a recipe for someone you adore, drew the Farmgirl’s biggest response ever. There were cupcakes, bread puddings, tarts, chocolate French toast, a very memorable asparagus pesto, dumplings, and even a three-course dinner.

I loved hearing your stories and getting to taste your delicious cooking. Thank you to every one of you who entered the contest. It was a very close call!

In the end, I chose Hidemi Walsh’s Apple Custard Gratin because of its warm, comforting flavors; simplicity (it took me 10 minutes to prep and 10 minutes in the oven); and originality. It didn’t hurt that my kids gobbled up three batches in two days, including some for breakfast!

Hidemi Walsh - winner of latest recipe contest

Hidemi Walsh

I tried using Earth Balance, almond milk and maple syrup (which I prefer to sugar for its layered sweetness as well as nutritional benefits) and found the custard tasted just as satisfying, even a bit creamier. It’s a year-round recipe that Hidemi recommends for dessert, brunch, or to nurse someone back to health. Make the custards ahead (even the night before) and bake them off justbefore serving.

Originally from Japan, Hidemi currently lives in Plainfield, Indiana.  She is the winner of a gorgeous ceramic wok from the eco-conscious Italian company, Mepra. Congratulations!

Stay tuned for our March Giveaway!

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