We are blessed with two nectarine trees in our yard which normally give us crispy, sweet nectarines- only this year sadly, we'll miss out. For the first time (due to stage 3+ watering restrictions) one of the nectarine trees has failed to flower/bear fruit - and isn't looking too well. The other one bears fruit in late february so keeping my fingers crossed!
Still, this is the start of the best time of the year for fresh fruit especially delicious stone fruit which are just coming into season. For a simple, light and damn good looking dessert grab some puff pastry, plonk a few slices of your favourite summer fruits and pop in the oven at 180C. Sprinkle some sugar with a sparing pinch of cardamon or cinnamon on the pastry and then over the nectarines if they're too tart and need mellowing. Once the pastry has turned a golden crust (and is crisp in the middle) take it out of the oven and give a quick brush over with a light marmalade/preserve. Dust with icing sugar and allow to cool or if you can't control yourself gobble it up straight away!
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