The rains this past week remind me that winter is right around the corner. It also means that soon all of the wonderful nectarines, plums, and peaches will be gone for the season only to make way for the winter fruits.
Over the past few weeks I’ve been getting as much stone fruit as I can possibly handle, trying enjoy the last bit of summer that I can. They are usually enjoyed at breakfast or as a snack during the day if they haven’t been made into jam.
The other night we were having dinner and Lynette surprised everyone by saying, “I felt that we needed something for dessert and so I threw a few things together.” We tend to worry when she says she has baked because she doesn’t like to measure. However, upon further investigation, we discovered she made a crisp. Mom’s crisps are always absolutely perfect and never too sweet. If I’m lucky, she makes it in a large casserole which means there will be some left over for breakfast the next morning.
The recipe below serves four but is easy to adjust depending on how many servings you need. Calculate about a half nectarine per person and go from there.
4 Spiced Clementine quarters, finely chopped
3-4 tablespoons clementine syrup
½ cup rolled oats
½ cup flour
¼ – ½ cup brown sugar (depending on desired sweetness)
¼ cup olive oil
pinch of cinnamon
pinch of nutmeg
pinch of salt
Preheat oven to 375º.
Pit nectarines, quarter, then cut in half, and place in a medium bowl. Add the spiced tangerines and about 3-4 tablespoons of the clementine syrup. Stir to combine. Evenly divide mixture among four ramekins or one small casserole dish.
In the medium bowl combine oats, flour, brown sugar, spices, and salt. Add the olive oil, stir until combined, and then spoon over ramekins.
Place ramekins on a cookie sheet and bake for 30 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool.
We hope you’ll have a chance to make this easy and tasty treat before the stone fruits disappear from the market for the winter. Not to worry if they’re gone because this recipe is also wonderful with a combination of apples, pears, and cranberries!
Until next time. Have fun and play with your fruit!
Kristen & Lynette