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Grilled Nectarines with Blackberries & Ice Cream

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Serves eight

  • To learn more, read:
    Cooking Fruit with Fire
  • by from Fine Cooking
    Issue 40

This dessert is especially good with caramel-flavored ice cream, but vanilla is also delicious.

  • 2 pints fresh blackberries
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1 tsp. fresh lemon juice; more to taste
  • Granulated sugar to taste
  • 2 Tbs. unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 Tbs. honey
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 4 large, ripe nectarines
  • Caramel or vanilla ice cream
  • Crisp butter cookies and fresh mint sprigs (optional)

In a blender, mix 1 of the pints of blackberries with the water and lemon juice. Purée until smooth. Pass the purée through a fine sieve, pressing down with the back of a ladle. Adjust the flavor with either more lemon juice or a little sugar. Reserve this coulis.

Heat the grill to medium high. In a shallow bowl or lipped plate, stir the melted butter, honey, and cinnamon. Cut each nectarine in half and remove the pit. Slice a bit off of the side opposite the pit so that the fruit will lay flat when serving. Roll each half in the melted butter mixture. Grill, pit side down, until the fruit is softened and the pit side begins to darken and caramelize, about 4 minutes.

Grilled Nectarines with Blackberries & Ice Cream Recipe

Put a nectarine half (pit side up) at the center of each plate. Drizzle some of the coulis around the fruit and sprinkle with the fresh blackberries. Top each nectarine while still warm with a scoop of ice cream. Garnish with a crisp butter cookie and a sprig of fresh mint, if you like. Serve immediately, while the ice cream begins to soften but before it melts.

nutrition information (per serving):
Calories (kcal): 120; Fat (g): fat g 3.5; Fat Calories (kcal): 30; Saturated Fat (g): sat fat g 2; Protein (g): protein g 1; Monounsaturated Fat (g): 1; Carbohydrates (g): carbs g 23; Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 0.5; Sodium (mg): sodium mg 0; Cholesterol (mg): cholesterol mg 10; Fiber (g): fiber g 5;

Photo: Judi Rutz

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