Thursday, 3 April 2014

Nectarine Amaretto and Pecan Slice

Nectarine Pecan Slice
As some of you may remember, on Valentine's Day, I received a fabulous tray of South African stone fruit from Beautiful Country Beautiful Fruit. As well as just enjoying the fresh fruit which was such a treat at a rather dull time of the year, I used them in a number of delicious bakes. This nectarine Amaretto and pecan slice, I adapted from the chilli and chocolate mincemeat slice I made the Christmas before last. I added pecans and dark chocolate chips to the mix and used nectarines marinaded in Amaretto as the filling.

Suffice to say, they were a resounding success. What they lacked in looks, they made up for in flavour.

Baking with Spirit is one of the challenges I keep meaning to enter but rarely manage. Being Easter and all that, Janine of Cake of the Week has chosen chocolate as the theme for April. So I really have no excuse and am getting in early with these Nectarine Amaretto and Pecan Slices.








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Nectarine Pecan Slice
Nectarine and Amaretto Slice
An oaty mix with added chocolate chips and pecans filled with nectarines marinaded in Amaretto.
Ingredients
  • 200g unsalted butter
  • 180g dark brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 190g wholemeal spelt flour
  • ¾ tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 160g rolled oats
  • 50g dark chocolate chips
  • 50g pecan nuts - chopped
  • 3 (450g) nectarines - stoned
  • 2 tbsp Amaretto
Instructions
1. Cream the butter and sugar until pale caramel in colour.2. Beat in the egg.3. Sift in the flour and bicarbonate of soda and stir.4. Stir in the oats, chocolate and pecans until all incorporated.5. Chop the nectarines and place in a bowl with the Amaretto (ideally this should be done at the start of the process.6. Press half of the mixture into a 9" square cake mould. Cover with the nectarines and then scatter the other half of the oat mix on top as best you can to cover the nectarines.7. Bake at 170°C for 30 minutes.8. Allow to cool, then cut into 16 squares. Dust with icing sugar if desired.
Details
Yield: 16 slices

36 comments:

  1. Goodness, what a crackin combination of flavours in these slices. Nectarine brings to mind warm, sunny summer days (hopefully) to come!

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    1. Oh we had one of those this afternoon Kate - I actually felt overdressed! The nectarine slices were delicious.

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  2. I love the contrast of the fruit filling with the topping. I can imagine the array of textures in these is beautiful =)

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    1. Thanks Laura. I do like a bit of contrasting textures in my bakes and these worked really well.

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  3. this is like the most amazing combo... amaretto and nectarine... I am so intrigued as to how they taste... love how nobbly they look too... a very sophisticated slice!

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    1. Nobbly and crispy on the outside and deliciously squidgy in the middle, they tasted amazing indeed Dom :)

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    1. Thanks. Sometimes things work and sometimes they don't. Luckily these did :)

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  5. I can't wait for the stone season arrive! These pecan bars look divine!

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    1. Thanks Angie - I think we're all a bit desperate for summer now.

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  6. This flavour combination sounds so good! I'm pretty excited for summer fruits to come around again. Thanks for entering Baking With Spirit - don't forget to email your entry over to me so I remember it for the round up!

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    1. Thanks Janine. I thought I better get this bake in, even though I made it a while ago, just in case I don't manage to get alcohol in anything else this month. I really do keep meaning to take part in Baking With Spirit!

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  7. These sounds so lovely - and Amaretto? Mmmm!

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    1. Thanks Kate. Amaretto seems to work well with most stone fruit.

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  8. I was wondering...do you eat all the cakes you make, Choclette? Or do you gift them to friends? Thes look so good, anything with almonds, apricots, amaretto is just fine by me :-)

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    1. Hahaha Janice. I am very fond of cake. But CT does have a hearty appetite and a fair few get eaten by others. Although it looks like a lot, I usually only bake once a week for us.

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  9. oh how fabulous these slices look! It is unusual to see nectarines in this way and in a very luscious way. I love the nutty pairing. x

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    1. Thank you Deena. I'm not sure why it's so unusual to cook nectarines because there are plenty of plum and peach recipes. Anyway, they worked very well here.

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  10. Great combination of flavours and textures. And Amaretto is one of my favourite liqueurs. Mmmmmm..........

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    1. Haha, yes Kate, it's one of mine too :)

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  11. These simply sound divine - I love stone fruit!

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    1. Thanks Emma - not too long to go now before the stone fruit season!

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  12. These look so tempting and I love the sound of those different textures - yum!

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    1. Thanks Vanesther - they really were yum.

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  13. really delicious! I'm waiting for your cake shop to open choclette!

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    1. Ooh, I would love my cake shop to open too Fiona ;-)

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  14. LOVE the combo of ingredients you used and I must try to enter that challenge too.....so many to enter and so little time! Karen

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    1. Thanks Karen - I fail every month with the challenges I fail to enter. But a plea please for We Should Cocoa :D

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  15. They sound very delicious. I could use a slice right now ...

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  16. Mmm they sound tasty, I don't see nectarine used in bakes enough and I love the combo with chocolate. Always good to discover a new baking challenge I've not heard of before too!

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    1. Yes Sarah, not sure why this is the case when peaches and plums are used so widely.

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  17. Lovely combination of flavours - looks really appetising.

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  18. Love the comobo of pecans and nectarines! My kind of cake ;)

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