When it comes to baking in the summer, I have two requirements of a recipe: it has to involve summer stone fruit and it has to be so good it is worth turning on the oven in the blazing August heat. This fruit-laden, cake-like cobbler is both.Prep for this recipe is quick, especially since nectarines don't need to be peeled. Unlike with other cobblers I've made, the butter doesn't have to be cut into the dry ingredients. Instead, the butter is browned, poured into the baking pan and topped with a buttermilk batter and a pile of lightly cooked nectarines.
As the cobbler bakes, the batter puffs up around the fruit, getting brown and crisp at the top, but staying soft and cakey underneath. It's hard to say if it beats out my previous favorite nectarine cobbler — they are both so good! — but served warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, it is everything I could ask for in a baked summer dessert.
Anjali is a former private chef who is currently pursuing a graduate degree in nutrition, with plans to become a registered dietitian. She lives in Los Angeles. You can read more of her health-focused writing at Eat Your Greens.
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