Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Nectarine & Blueberry Crumble

I like the summer side effect of people talking about books. It makes sense - more leisure time and vacationing leads to more reading. On our last day in Truro we went swimming in a kettle pond and our quick chat with strangers focused on summer reading. The friendly older man taking a swim and I both just finished The Goldfinch and we liked it. Have you read it?

We arrived home on the Island Sunday night and fell into bed. One con of family vacations is infant sleep relapse (mama is tired). Nick and I turned on the documentary Bill Cunningham New York and thoroughly enjoyed it. So if you have a travel hangover I suggest curling up with this movie. One pro of family vacation is eating not one but two dishes of Nectarine & Blueberry Crumble. We made this dessert early in the week and had to make it again.

Nectarine & Blueberry Crumble

3/4 cup all-purpose flour,
1/4 cup packed dark-brown sugar 
1/2 teaspoon salt 
2 tablespoons pure cane sugar 
8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, cold, cut into small cubes 
1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats (not quick-cooking) 
1 cup fresh blueberries
5-7 nectarines (depending on size), peeled and chopped into 1-inch chunks
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice 
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

First, preheat the oven to 375 F degrees. In a large bowl, mix together flour, brown sugar, salt, and cane sugar. Using your hands, mash butter into flour until the mixture is the texture of coarse meal. Add oats, and use your hands to toss and squeeze mixture until large, moist clumps form. Transfer to freezer to chill while you prepare the fruit.

In another large bowl, toss fruit with lemon juice and cinnamon. Transfer to a shallow baking dish and sprinkle with topping mixture. Bake until golden and bubbling, about 45 minutes. Let cool 10 minutes before serving with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream.


  1. Goldfinch has been on my list to read...just finishing Orphan Train which is also really good. Crumbles are one of my favorite desserts, and this one with nectarines looks amazing. Must try this summer!

  2. Hi Katie! I always look forward to your comments. Thanks for the book recommendation - I'm always looking. Have a good one!

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  4. Sara, this recipe sounds heavenly. You have a knack for cooking and are so knowledgeable about food. Thank you so much for sharing your photographic skills as well. Your photos are so serene and goes beautifully with your site. They add to the attractiveness of the food exponentially! Keep doing what you do and the best to the family!

  5. BJ, thank you! This note made my day. I hope you try the crumble. Enjoy the summer!


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