Top ’em off…

August 31, 2013

with a little Zabaglione. Whatever summer fruit combination  you still can’t get enough of…peaches, blueberries, strawberries,raspberries or pluots…they can all be transformed with a blanket of this airy Italian custard. Spoon it over berries straight up or broiled over stone fruit and you’ll be amazed at what magic three ingredients can create . I’ve lightened this version up with Prosecco instead of the traditional Marsala, for the perfect simple summer dessert.

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You can find the original recipe here,http://www.chow.com/recipes/11956-broiled-pluots-with-zabaglione

 

When you have a craving for something like…pie, or a crisp, or a cobbler, but need it quick or are limited to only a few pieces of fruit on the counter, you have to get creative. With the late summer stone fruits everywhere, this dish works equally well with all of them, peaches, nectarines, plums…try them all. Today I had only two lonely nectarines and a taste for something comfortable. So I simply split them, lined them in a glass baking dish, sprinkled each with a little cinnamon, a squeeze of lemon juice, a good pinch of brown sugar. Then a quick crumble ( by hand, don’t pull out that processor) of a couple graham crackers and a drizzle of 1 1/2 tablespoons of melted butter. Pop them into a preheated 325 oven for 20 mins or so….the topping should be golden and the fruit tender when tested with the tip of a knife. That’s it! Simple, quiet and done! Eat them warm with a scoop of ice cream or room temp on their own.