Peaches and Nectarines… This was a big part of my life last weekend. Washing them, eating them, slicing them, flash freezing and storing them. Nearly 30 lbs worth of peaches and nectarines that needed my help to avoid the spoils of being forgotten and rotten.
My mom is a really awesome lady who, like most people, loves a good deal. My mom and I don’t normally eat a ton of fruit but my husband and daughter eat a fruit a fair bit. So mom started giving us peaches and nectarines throughout the week and I eventually tried them… They were so delicious and juicy sweet! Like candy, my mom said. I ate more fruit in the last week and a half than I have all month with those drupes in the house. Haha, drupes. 😆 I had to, that word is awesome.
I thought briefly that with the fruitful bounty we’d been supplied, so many peaches… Never ending nectarines… I knew i should at least try to create something delicious… and paleo friendly. We definitely didn’t have the freezer space to store all of them and eating them whole was getting boring for us all. Our daughter, who could quite possibly exist on only fruit if we allowed it, actually said “no thank you” when I offered her one for what very well may have been the thousandth time. Ooh, goodie! She is “over iiiit!” Now I have a challenge; lets get the 5 year old excited about a food that she has just been burnt out on! I was determined at that point. So peach/nectarine compote happened. She ate these stone fruits again happily for the next two days in their new form. First over pancakes in place of her usual drizzle of maple syrup or jam and then mixed in with some whole milk pasture raised yogurt. I ate some straight from the pan, then on my pancakes and finally tried it as a topping for my chocolate mug cake that we will be running final tests on and sharing with you soon!
We used a starch to thicken this so that it wouldn’t need to reduce down as much. I wanted it to still taste fresh and not be too mushy. A touch of cinnamon helped to make this a little more dynamic, some coconut sugar and maple syrup, (however honey could work to) make this a sweeter topping. Feel free to try this recipe using other types of fruits that you have on hand! Please let us know in the comments and tag us on social media to let us know how it went for you!