Spiced Nectarine Sauce

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“Green cardamom pods and fresh ginger root enliven this fruit sauce, made with fresh nectarines. The spices and the cooking impart a tangy, tart flavor to the nectarines. It's great over ice cream or stirred into cooked multi-grain hot cereal and eaten with a splash of cream or soy milk. I created this last summer when I needed to use up some huge ripe nectarines that I purchased at the farmer's market. Substitute about a half a teaspoon of ground cardamom if you don't have the whole green pods.”
2 cups

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. If you'd rather, peel the nectarines; I like having the peel in there.
  2. Melt butter in small saucepan over medium high heat.
  3. Dissolve brown sugar in the melted butter, then add the cubed nectarines and the rest of the spices.
  4. When mixture starts to simmer, turn heat down to low.
  5. Simmer in order to achieve desired consistency and allow flavors to blend. You will want this to be chunky, with some textural variation--chunks of fruit in a thick, medium-brown sauce. This may take 5-10 minutes. Remove pods before serving (? I'm actually not sure if you can eat them).
  6. Serve warm with vanilla ice cream, or cool and refrigerate.
  7. My note: this was excellent with hot multigrain cereal! I cooked the cereal first and then added the sauce, about 1:1, stirred it in and warmed it up along with the cereal for a few minutes on low/simmer. Yummy!

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