This recipe comes from Pawleys Island in the Lowcountry of South Carolina. It could have come from the pages of a Dickens tale, and it’s called grout. It is a mold made from lemon skins, port or sherry and almonds and raisins. As could be expected from the island’s leading family, Isabelle and Alberta Lachicotte provided the recipe for “Recipes From Pawleys Island,” put out by All Saints Waccamaw Episcopal Church, one of the oldest parishes there. It has been served by Lachicottes on festive occasions for years.


  • 1 ½ pints water
  • Skin of half a lemon
  • 3 tablespoons (heaped) cornstarch
  • 6 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 ½ gills (3 ounces) port or sherry
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • ½ cup blanched almonds
  • ½ cup seedless raisins
  • Nutritional Information
    • Nutritional analysis per serving (6 servings)

      170 calories; 3 grams fat; 0 grams saturated fat; 0 grams trans fat; 2 grams monounsaturated fat; 0 grams polyunsaturated fat; 30 grams carbohydrates; 1 gram dietary fiber; 21 grams sugars; 2 grams protein; 8 milligrams sodium

    • Note: Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available data.

6 – 8 servings


  1. Boil water with lemon skin several minutes. Remove lemon skin. Dissolve cornstarch and sugar with wine and add gradually to water. Add lemon juice, nuts and raisins and boil for a few minutes until mixture thickens. Pour into mold and serve with whipped cream or custard. Cranberries or any acid preserves can be substituted for raisins.

15 minutes

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