Friday, August 18, 2006

Nectarine Cobbler

Nectarines (※×%○■ #▽ Expensive)

Yes, baking peach cobbler – more precisely, nectarine cobbler – has become my summer ritual since I had a success last summer. Nectarines are not very popular here in Kochi, and the supermarkets I often visit seem to have them on shelf only for a few weeks in August. So this summer, I kept a close watch on the fruits section of the supermarkets, and managed to buy these before they disappeared from the shelf.

I used the same recipe as last year, but I completely forgot about all the modifications I thought I needed then. :P But still this turned out good, maybe because the nectarines I got this time were better than what I used the last time.

Nectarine Cobbler

BTW, looks like I’m always buying “not ripe but already going bad” fruit when I bake something with fruits, right? Have you thought, “Hey, don’t you ever buy any decent fruit for desserts?” when reading my foodblog? I felt that way when I read my peach cobbler post from last year. Well, dear readers, this time I used better nectarines, and the result was pretty good, except that I overbaked the cobbler a little. :P



Jeff said...

Nectarine Cobbler? I have to make it just to know what it tastes like.

Obachan, is that a real quote "Those who deliver milk are healthier than those who drink it."? Where/who is it from?

Diary of Kay El said...

Your lovely pics always make me go hungry..You know, we deserve the best, flawless fruits...last Wed, I was at the night market and my friend asked if I wanted any of those luscious cherries..I said "No" cos they were very expensive. The next day, I went to the supermarket, saw them again...this time I told myself "What the heck.". I bought 22 huge cherries for about USD4.00...worth every cent cos I felt so good about myself when I ate them after dinner..LOL.

Anonymous said...

Hmm. Those look more like plums than nectarines. Are Japanese nectarines purplish? In the Northeast in the U.S., nectarines resemble fuzz-less peaches.

ghanima said...

It looks heavenly. I've been running into similar problems in Toronto with fruit quality. The only really good batch of fruit I had this year were some yellow plums (which I made jam out of).

JMom said...

although you say you overbaked it, I think this crust looks prettier that the last one. This looks really delicious, Obachan. I think I may try to go find some good peaches this weekend ;)

obachan said...

I guess it doesn’t taste too different from peach cobbler.
About the proverb, I’m really shocked now. I found it online, and there were several websites listing it as one of Western proverbs. Now when I google, I can’t find any of those sites and instead, I get the flood of Obachan’s Kitchen and Balcony Garden! Why??? :O
I sure don’t know where/who it is from and now this is the only site I can find quoting that saying.

kay el
You are so lucky to be able to buy that many good cherries for that price!

anonymous commenter
Not really purplish … I think the nectarines in this photo look more purplish than what they actually are. It’s just this photo. To tell you the truth, I have never seen plums and nectarines next to each other so that I can compare, and I really don’t know how to tell the difference. Maybe the size is different? I heard that nectarine is a hybrid of peach and plum, so maybe some look more like peach and some look more like plum?

I’ve always thought that you have better fruits in Canada, but maybe not? Anyway I’m glad to hear that you had a good luck with yellow plums.

Oh, you the crust looks better this time? Thanks. Enjoy your peaches! :D

Anonymous said...

Nectarines ikura desu ka?


Anonymous said...

I just bought a giant slow cooker--a 7 liter.

I would like to make yukibuta in my newly acquired slow cooker. Do you have any suggestions about what kind of things I should look out for?

I saw that you made another type of buta in the slow cooker a while back.

Can you think of any other type of japanese dish that may be amenable to slow cooker cooking.

obachan said...

Sorry, I meant to say “you think the crust…”

Good question. They were apx. US$ 1 each, which was not amazingly terrible, but 6 of them were packed together and they did not sell them as singles, so I had to pay apx. US$6 when all I needed was about 4 of them.
Takai desho?

Congratulations. Seven liter!? It’s huge! :D
I’ve never made yakibuta myself, so I have no idea what it would be like to make it with a slow cooker. Let me know how yours turned out. I’m curious. Yeah, I made buta no kakuni with my slow cooker and I liked it.
The small recipe book that came with my slow cooker includes Japanese dishes like oden, nikujaga, simmered beans and chawanmushi.

Anonymous said...

Hey, this is a late comment, but I just had to know... do you know why nectarines are only around for that short period in August? I'm located in Kobe, and they disappeared after just two weeks. =(

obachan said...

Hi Diana,
It’s the same thing here. They were available just for a couple of weeks and then gone, and I don’t know exactly why. My assumption is that those nectarines are grown in mid and northern part of Japan, and most shops in western and southern part seem to purchase certain amount only once. So when they sold out, or became too old to be on the shelf, that is it – no more purchase. Perhaps because nectarines are not very popular in Japan and the shopkeepers don’t want many leftovers when they are busy with white peaches which are far more popular?? I don’t know… Just a wild guess.