A Summer Bake…and another year that came to and End!

Oh my in a blink June has passed!

The academic year came to an end, schools are now closed…there is less traffic in the morning and my usual coffee shop (where I am actually seated right now) is quieter. No parents in a hurry asking for a coffee with milk or a colacao (very Spanish like) and sharing the most recent achievements of their kids!

Our T did so well, after a rush move and a start already in the middle of the academic year, we were so happy with the feedback and the way he settled, made friends and became used to a new life, new rules and more importantly to a new language! Very soon, a deserved rest and a summer full of sun, water play, family and friends….and another chapter on his childhood memories to be written!

 

We have felt the sudden rush of the holidays and the list of tasks to do and finish before leaving has increased by the day…and believe me some of them are extremely boring…oh well! 

Speaking about summer childhood memories, one of the things that always sends me back in time is the smell and taste of summer fruits: cherries, melon, peaches and apricots…I very often have these memories of my mom, seated outside peeling yellow sweet peaches, with the juices running down her hands and slicing them to share between my sister and me!

So, today I am sharing with you some of my favourite summer flavours and likely the most random recipe you will see in this blog! It’s a must and you will see why below!

Happy Weekend 

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A Summer Fruit Bake 

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I did an early visit to the market and the nectarines, apricots and plums were what caught my eye, but you can just do a tray mix of what you most prefer. You can either add honey or brown sugar and the vanilla and cinnamon are optional, although I believe it combines perfectly with the fruits and the zest. You can also use lime zest instead of lemon.

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You can also make something similar if using the barbecue; simply by halving the fruits and grill them, add some honey, some toasted almonds and serve warm with ice cream…voila a summer quick and tasty dessert! We had ours last night with lemon ice cream…and this morning I have topped the left overs with some greek yogurt…yummy!

INGREDIENTS

  • Nectarines
  • Apricots
  • Red Plums
  • Flower Honey or light brown sugar (to taste)
  • Cinnamon sticks (optional)
  • Vanilla bean paste (optional)
  • Oats flakes
  • Almonds
  • Lemon zest (or lime)
  • Rosemary or lemon thyme

Serving options: serve warm or cold with lemon or vanilla ice cream or some greek yogurt, add some more zest before serving with you like it more tangy

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Pre-heat the oven to 170 ºC. 
  • Halve the fruits and take the stone out, sprinkle the sugar or honey on top (taste the fruits before for natural sweetness and sugar it accordingly).
  • Add the vanilla, the cinnamon sticks, the almonds, the oats flakes, the zest and rosemary or thyme depending on what you are using.
  • Bake for 20-30 minutes or until soft and golden.
  • Serve warm or cold with some ice cream or greek yogurt.

 

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