Clearly I like to live in delusion….
Whatever the case, because it is near the end of summer, stone fruits are in full fled! We have a little “garden” at my work and its filled with all sorts of little treasures. Fruit trees hidden in the shrubs, one day I will gather enough caring souls to bring the garden to life! It’s truly a shame that that no one at work really knows about that little area. It’s filled with all sorts of fruits: pomegranates, peaches, apples, lemons, limes, tangerines, and today’s star: nectarines!
The tree is covered! I felt like a little kid all giddy picking the nectarines off the tree. What's better than using locally grown fruits (not to mention organic too!) to make your tasty desserts?! I cannot let those poor fruits just fall to the ground, they must be enjoyed and I will bring awareness!
Okay, now onto my experiment, nectarine crumb cake! After gathering my basket, which really was a plastic Safeway bag, of goodies, I set to work. Time to find a recipe worthy of these luscious fruits. Finally after filtering through a bunch of different nectarine related recipes, I settled for 2 and combined the elements I liked to create this one. I think it turned out more like a coffee cake more than anything but I like the name crumb cake better. Either way, its nothing short of delicious and its super easy! Another win for the inner lazy!
- 1 cup all purpose flour
- 2 tsp baking powder
- ¼ tsp salt
- 1/8 tsp almond extract
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 stick butter
- ¾ cup sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 3-4 nectarines, pitted and cut into ¼” slices
- 2-3 tbsp butter
- ¼ cup sugar
- ¼ cup brown sugar
- ¼ tsp cinnamon
- ¼ tsp nutmeg
- ½ cup all purpose flour
- ¼ cup sliced almonds
- Pinch of salt
- Brown butter by melting it at medium heat. Stir until butter turns golden brown. Remove from heat and let it cool before proceeding.
- Once butter is cooled, add in all the other ingredients and mix until it begins to crumble. Set aside
- Whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt
- Beat butter and sugar together with electric mixer until fluffy. Add in 1 egg at a time, mix and then add in extracts. At low speed, mix in flour until well combined
- Layer on nectarines. Top with streusel and sliced almonds.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 45-50 minutes.