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Nectarine Hazelnut Cobbler

September 8, 2009
Nectarine Hazelnut Cobbler

Nectarine Hazelnut Cobbler

I love nectarines and not only because of their superiority in taste, texture and tartness to their close cousin the peach, but because nectarines live where summer meets fall and signify the beginning of the best time of year.

It’s back to school, new unread textbooks, first day outfits, and my treasured purple bookbag forever tattooed with a melted pack of grape Bubblelicious gum.  And while these are often dreaded facts for many kids, I’ll always be the little girl with big glasses and bright braces that felt more at home in the classroom than I ever did on the kickball field.

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It’s the start of pots of chili simmering on the stove top all day and the return of the warmth and ritual of bread baking previously banished by the sweltering afternoons of July and August.  It means apple picking, trick or treating, everything pumpkin and the smell of campfire imprinted on your clothes.  It’s reds, yellows, oranges and browns, hayrides on the berry farm, holding hands with boys and my wedding day.

Cobbler is a classic summer dessert and this version is perfect for that time of year when it still feels and looks like summer but we all crave fall.  I love taking advantage of the final gasps of summer stone fruit and the addition of toasted hazelnuts lends an earthy, almost fall, feel to the dish.

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Nectarine Hazelnut Cobbler

Adapted loosely from Martha Stewart

Ingredients

4 to 5 nectarines, 1/4 inch slices

1/4 cup of chopped hazelnuts, lightly toasted

1/4 cup plus 1 Tb sugar

1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

2 tsp cornstarch

1 large egg

3 Tbs unsalted butter, melted and cooled

1/4 cup heavy cream

1/2 cup plus 2 Tbs all-purpose flour

Pinch of salt

1 tsp baking powder

Vanilla ice cream (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Whisk together 1/4 cup sugar, cinnamon, and cornstarch and toss with nectarines and toasted hazelnuts.  Set aside.   Combine egg, 2 tablespoons melted butter, and cream in a bowl; whisk with a fork.  Set aside.

In a separate bowl, stir together flour, salt, baking powder, and remaining tablespoon of sugar.  Make a well in center of dry ingredients, and pour egg mixture into well.  Using your hands, slowly draw dry ingredients into wet ingredients, and work dough until just mixed together. Do not overmix.

Pour fruit and nut mixture into a 9×9 or similarly sized baking dish.  Using your fingers, gently drop piece of dough on top of fruit, spreading to almost cover completely.  After placing, brush the dough with remaining melted butter and sprinkle with additional sugar.  Place dish on a baking sheet and bake until juices bubble up and crust is golden brown, 45 to 50 minutes.  Serve hot, with ice cream if desired.

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  1. Beverly permalink
    September 10, 2009 2:27 pm

    Martha, I was turned on to your blog by my dear friend and your aunt, MB, here in NC. If only I was able to express myself as well as you do on paper, you would get the true feeling of what is in my heart. I adore your blog and recipes! I am now a dedicated follower and feel totally blessed to have a friend like your aunt and now I feel as though I can call you my friend also. Now I see and understand your bloodline and how it connects with food. You continue your God-given talent in writing and cooking and just know that someone in NC is reading and feeding on your knowledge. I am glad that Saveur recognizes your talent also. Congratulations!!!! You go girl!!! Bless You!! Beverly

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