Two words: Stone. Fruit.
During the "winter" ("winter" is in quotes because, um, I live in Southern California and the three days of rain and week of cold temps (like 50 degrees!!! Freeeeeeezing!!!) is our "winter"), I eat citrus fruit and imagine they are apricots or plums.
So when the stone fruits start popping up in the farmer's market, I know summer is officially here!
peaches and blueberries.
I hope you are eating your fair share of stone fruit this summer! I'm sad that school is starting soon...a sign that my stone fruit season will be ending soon. :(
Adapted from Peach Buckle from Everyday Food (November 2003)
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
3 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 pounds nectarines, pitted, peeled, and cut into 1/2-inch pieces (4 cups)
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/3 cup sliced almonds
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9" square baking pan with parchment and butter/flour or spray with Pam with Flour. Original recipe uses a 10-inch cast-iron skillet.
2. In a large bowl, cream butter and 3/4 cup sugar until fluffy. I used a Kitchen Aid with paddle Add eggs, one at a time, and vanilla; beat to combine.
3. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt. With mixer on low speed, gradually add flour mixture to butter mixture; beat until incorporated. Fold in nectarines.
4. Spread batter in prepared pan. In a small bowl, mix together remaining 2 tablespoons sugar, cinnamon, and almonds. Sprinkle mixture over top; bake until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean and topping is golden, 45 to 50 minutes. Let cool 20 minutes before serving.
5. I cut mine into squares and placed them in cupcake liners for easy serving.