Baked Nectarines with Vanilla Sugar
February 26, 2013 in Uncategorized
Wow, it’s been so hot lately! Just the right season for a refreshing dessert, I thought. I’d made some vanilla sugar last week & wanted to find something to use it on, so thought that it would go well with baked nectarines. And it was delicious – you really need to try this – so easy!
You’ll need to make the vanilla sugar first – this takes a week, so do it now – here’s how:
- Put a cup of sugar into a clean glass jar
- Split a vanilla pod lengthways & scrape the seeds into the sugar (the seeds look like thick black goo, for those of you doing this for the first time). Add the empty pods, mix well, & cover with more sugar. I used about a cup & half of sugar to 1 vanilla pod.
- Close the jar with a tight-fitting lid & leave for a week to infuse.
Now, onto the baked nectarines:
- Nectarines (1 per person)
- Vanilla sugar
- Greek yoghurt (Not the low fat, get the good stuff guys! You can run around the block afterwards to work it off )
- Preheat the oven to 200 degrees celcius
- Cut the nectarines in half & remove the pips
- Add the nectarine halves to an oven-proof dish, cut side up
- Add a small knob of butter to each nectarine half, then cover with a teaspoon of vanilla sugar
- Cover & bake for about half an hour, turning once in between
Serve hot, with some ice cold plain Greek yoghurt – the coolness & slight sourness of the yoghurt combined with the hot sweet vanilla-y nectarine somehow just works. The vanilla flavour is very subtle, but sublime