This nectarine crumb cake recipe uses the fresh fruits of Summer to create a light cake that’s full of flavor. It bakes up quickly and is sure to be a hit at the dessert table.
I had an interesting self-discovery yesterday. It seems that as I’ve grown older, my taste buds have become more sensitive. Strange, right? I used to enjoy feeling textures of foods as I ate them, like the fuzziness of peach skin or the graininess of toasted bread. I USED TO enjoy them, but that’s no longer the case. The foods I enjoy the most these days are smooth, creamy, moist, or cool/gentle on the tongue. There’s one exception to every rule, and those of you who’ve been around this blog for a while likely know what the exception is. Go ahead… guess.
Bacon. I prefer my bacon to be medium crispy (not burned), but definitely not under-cooked and fatty. *shudder* Yes. I’m picky about my bacon. Shhh… let’s move on.
So when I came across a great recipe for peach cobbler muffins in my Joy the Baker Cookbook, being the peach fuzz prude that I am, I knew I’d have to substitute with another fruit. I love the taste of peaches, but only when they’re barely ripened. Too ripe and they become mushy and almost grainy. So nectarines were the perfect replacement. To me, they’re everything a peach is, but without the fuzz and mushiness!
I pondered baking this recipe up using 12 cupcake tins like Joy’s recipe instructs, but frankly, I was lazy (I’m nothing if not honest) and my 8 x 8-inch cake pan was clean and accessible, so I greased the bottom and sides lightly with some olive oil (you can use non-stick spray or even some melted butter) and went for the big cake-huna.
Another shocker for this crumb cake recipe is that I didn’t “healthy” it up by using low-carb baking mix and sugar substitutes like I’ve done with many of my recipes lately. I certainly could have, and probably SHOULD have, but again…the whole lazy thing. Besides, I would’ve had to walk a whole 15 steps across the kitchen to the pantry, pull out my step stool and put my life in danger to stand on my tip toes to reach the “grown up” shelf to get the baking mix.
Please don’t judge…I was looking out for my own safety. I either do that or fork over the cash for one of those Medic-Alert systems. It’s doubtful that those people will consider letting me make payments until I’m 95 years old, so that idea is out.
INSTEAD, I used my homemade recipe for baking mix. It’s the easy recipe recipe that replaces Bisquick, and good gravy, it makes amazing pancakes, cakes, muffins, and yes… even biscuits!