Mmmm, there’s nothing better on a hot day than ice cream. It gets even better when you add some fresh fruit, which is exactly what I did last weekend when temperatures hit the mid 90′s. I’d bought the most amazing raspberries I’ve ever had… seriously, they melted in your mouth and I totally regret not getting more. I also picked up some blueberries and nectarines, so I decided to whip up my own take on this delicious sounding recipe for nectarine, blackberry and pecan sundaes.
I took about half a pint of both raspberries and blueberries and pureed them in the food processor. I ran that mixture through a fine sieve to create a lovely berry syrup. Next I cut up 4 nectarines into thin slices and soaked them in 2 Tablespoons of sugar because they were a little on the sour side. Once everything had set for the appropriate time, I got out my ice cream and started to assemble. First the syrup, then the nectarines topped by toasted pecans and a few scoops of ice cream. I did one more layer of the fruit and nuts and I must say it might be the prettiest sundae I’ve ever seen. It just kind of looked like summer, with all it’s bright colors. Oh, and the flavor… so awesomely delicious! The syrup and nectarines gave a nice sweet and sour flavor while the nuts gave the sundae a really great texture and richness. And the ice cream, well that just held it all together and cooled it off. Yumm, it’s the perfect summer sundae.
adapted from nectarine, blackberry and pecan sundaes
1/2 pint fresh rasperries
1/2 pint fresh blueberries
2 tablespoons sugar
4 pitted nectarines, sliced
1/4 cup pecan pieces, toasted
1 to 2 pints vanilla ice cream
Puree berries in processor. Transfer puree to sieve set over bowl and strain, pressing with rubber spatula to extract as much pulp and juice as possible.
Place nectarines in medium bowl. Sweeten to taste, tossing with sugar 1 tablespoon at a time. Let stand 15 minutes.
Spoon some sauce into bottom of 4 sundae dishes. Top with 2 tablespoons nectarines, some pecans, 2 scoops ice cream, more berry sauce, and more nectarines. Sprinkle with remaining pecans.