When adding juicy summer fruit (like blueberries) to pies and cobblers, you generally need something to help the fruit coalesce into a sauce. We love instant tapioca, as it thickens while fading into the background, letting the fruit shine.
- 6 ripe nectarines, about 1 pound
- 2 cups fresh blueberries
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 tablespoon instant tapioca
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, diced into small pieces, plus more for the pan
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 2 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon fine salt
- 6 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, diced into small pieces
- 1 large egg
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- Serving suggestions: Vanilla ice cream or whipped cream
Position a rack in the middle of the oven and preheat to 375 degrees F.
For the fruit: Halve the nectarines along their natural seam, but leave skins on. Cut each half into 3 wedges. Toss nectarines with blueberries, sugar, and tapioca and put into a buttered 9-inch round gratin or casserole dish. Dot the top of the fruit with the pieces of butter.
For the cobbler top: Whisk the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl. Rub in 2 tablespoons of the butter with your fingertips until no visible pieces remain. Rub in the remaining 4 tablespoons butter just until it is in even, pea-size pieces. Whisk together the egg and cream and stir into the dry ingredients to make a shaggy, loose dough.
Spoon large spoonfuls of dough on top of the fruit in clumps (it should look like rough, old-fashioned cobblestones, hence the name cobbler). Bake until golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center of the topping comes out clean, about 1 hour. Cool cobbler on a rack, about 20 minutes.
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