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Raspberry Nectarine Crisp

3 summers ago, when we had just moved into our house I was totally inspired to plant all sorts of fruit and vegetables. And being the **fruitarian that I am, purchased a golden raspberry plant from Home Depot. It spent its first summer as a McDowell in the corner of our 100º yard in the original plastic pot that it came in. Laziness got the best of me that summer. Despite our unintentional efforts to kill the plant, the next summer (yes, even too lazy to throw it away) she showed signs of life. My husband planted her, let’s call her Ruby, on the side of our yard, sure to get full light. Last summer we got a few berries. But THIS summer I am picking a bowl a day of RED fruit. From the “golden” bush. Looks like it was another case of “someone put the wrong plant in the wrong spot.”

I had a ginormous bowl of these perfect, ruby raspberries in my fridge and no agenda for them. On my way home last night I stopped by the grocery store to be greeted by the most perfect, locally grown nectarines I have seen this season. Raspberries and nectarines? Sure. Sounded like a good combination to me so I picked up a few and settled on making a fresh fruit crisp.

I didn’t sugar the fruit because I wanted them to keep their tart flavor. Oh and tart flavor they did keep. But with the crust on top — humina humina. She was a beaut’ Clark. A reaaalllll beaut. Recipe below.

**NOTE: Fruitarians eat fruit. Fruitarians eat vegetables. And most importantly, fruitarians eat meat. I actually just made it up. Let’s say it means you have a crazy passion for fruit. I am the president of the club. It is a club of one.

2 lg. nectarines – sliced into chunks, skin-on
3 cups fresh raspberries
1 cup flour
1 cut rolled oats
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 cup butter

Pre-heat oven to 350ª
Spread fruit mixture over the bottom of a 13X9X2 baking dish
In bowl combine dry ingredients, mix well. Cut in butter. Chunks should be the size of peas. Spread mixture evenly of the top of the fruit. Bake for 40-50 minutes. Serve with ice cream (if you wish, I prefer it plain and heavenly) to your family and hide the rest for yourself.


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