Broiled Stone Fruit

I have been buying a lot of nectarines and apricots lately.  I love the smell of nectarines and apricots remind me of all kinds of delicious summer deserts that my Aunty Mona used to make with the fruit from her trees.  I would buy peaches too, but the ones that I can get in NYC fall very short of the Peaches that I have eaten in Texas and in British Colombia, so I stick to Nectarines, apricots and, in a month or so, plums.

I often have big plans for my stone fruit….jam, tarts, trifles…but when it comes right down to it I just end up eating them for breakfast and snacks.  Awhile back though, I over-bought stone fruit on a week when I was so overworked that I was skipping breakfasts and snacks.  At the end of the week, my neglected fruit was looking very sad.

I contemplated making  jam for about three seconds, but the weather was in the 90’s and I was so tired that the idea of standing over a stove made want to cry.  SO, I sliced the fruit in half, sprinkled it with a bit of brown sugar and put it under the broiler until the top of the fruit had caramelized.  In my broiler this takes about 6 minutes.  Really I just lurk near the stove and listen for when sizzling noises start to come from the broiler and then I know that it is done.

I ate my broiled nectarine, straight up, in the only air-conditioned room in my apartment.  If I’d had mascarpone, or honey sweetened ricotta, or whipped cream, or greek yogurt, or ice cream or lightly sweetened cream fraiche…I would have put a dollop on top, but a topping is certainly not required unless you are serving the fruit as a fancy desert.  The broiled apricots went into the fridge, and later found their way into found their way into a Green Salad with Goat Cheese, Hazelnuts and Blueberry Dressing.

So there you have it.  Broiled stone fruit can be a snack, a fancy desert, or a salad topping.  I might even make a batch again with fruit that has not spent a week sitting on my counter!  I hope that you will give it a try too!

6 Comments Add yours

  1. glenda says:

    Gabriola plums will be ready. When you are here. Keith will take you to Valdez in his little boat too!

  2. Life & Sunshine says:

    mmm! we just made a yummy green salad with grilled peaches for a party the other night, it was a hit!

  3. Oh my broiled nectarine, loving the charred part of it, can imagine the taste in my mouth!!

    1. Ha! I am glad that someone else likes the charred bit. I am the sort of person who looks for the burnt raisins in oatmeal raisin cookies. Maybe you are too?

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