Friday, July 26, 2013

Nectarine Skillet Cobbler

When ever I have an abundance of fruit, I almost always make a crumble.  It works with the fresh fruit in the summer months, and all the fruit and berries that I freeze for the winter months.  Sweet and thickened fruit and or berry juices, and oven baked brown sugar and oats, never fail to impress.  I rarely ever stray from my crumble commitment, but there are so many traditional and regional fruit bake ups, and with so many unique names, that I have yet to try.  Crumbles, Cobblers, Buckles, I've all heard of, but Pandowdy, or Grunt?  Never.  Check out this great article via The Kitchn for complete descriptions. 

So I've always crumble girl myself, and you know what?!  This is the first cobbler I have ever made!  Crazy!  And let me tell you; it could not be simpler.  Especially if you choose to cook it in a skillet, it basically makes it like a one pot meal!  Easy Peasey! 

And if you already have the oven on for dinner on a rainy summer evening, it just takes a moment to throw this together, so why not!  So great served hot with a scoop of ice cream, or the next morning cold with greek yogurt - Yum! 

Nectarine Skillet Cobbler
Recipe adapted from: Savory Simple
approx. 5 ripe nectarines
2 Tablespoons butter
3 Tablespoons brown sugar
pinch of salt
1/2 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1/2 Tablespoon cornstarch

1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons all purpose flour
2 tablespoons sugar, divided
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
pinch of salt
1/4 cup milk
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
In a large skillet over medium-high heat, combine chopped nectarines with the butter, brown sugar, and salt.  Cook for several minutes until the butter and brown sugar have melted and the nectarine juices have released and mostly evaporated. In a separate small bowl, mix together the lemon juice and cornstarch and add it to the nectarines, this will thicken the fruit mixture.  So, once it is thickened remove from the heat. 
In a medium sized bowl, add together the flour, 1 Tablespoon of the sugar, baking powder and salt. Stir in the milk and butter using a fork, until the dough is just combined. 
Drop the dough by spoonful over the cooked nectarines. Sprinkle the cinnamon and remaining Tablespoon of sugar on top of the dough.  Bake for 18-22 minutes, or until the sides are bubbly and the dough has cooked through.
Serve hot with ice cream on top, or cold with greek yogurt!


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