I purchased too many nectarines and all of them became ripe at the same time. I also had a large quantity of fresh basil waiting to be used. I contemplated what to do with these two ingredients and my first thought was salsa. But, I really didn’t have any other ingredients on hand for salsa. I was planning on making a peach cobbler in the next few weeks, but after looking at my bounty, Nectarine Cobbler it was. At the spur of the moment, I also thought I would toss in the basil and I am sure glad I did. What a wonderful combination, one you might not think of, but it is delicious. You just never know what happens when you start experimenting in the kitchen.
Nectarine Basil Cobbler
- 6 nectarines, sliced
- 2 tablespoons fresh basil, minced
- 2 tablespoons Cointreau (optional)
- 1/2 cup quick cooking oats
- 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
- 1/4 cup flour
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 cup butter
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a 10 inch ovenproof skillet or 8 inch square baking dish, layer sliced nectarines. Top nectarines with minced basil and sprinkle the Cointreau over the nectarines. Combine oats, brown sugar, cinnamon and flour in a mixing bowl. Dice butter into small pieces and cut into the flour mixture with either two forks or a pastry blender. Combine until butter and flour mixture is coarse crumbs. Sprinkle the crumb topping evenly over the nectarines. Bake 40 - 45 minutes. Serves 6.