I love apple butter and pear butter. At a recent visit to our farmers market, one of the vendors was selling nectarines. They looked wonderful, but they were not ripe enough to eat right away. The idea of turning them into butter sounded amazing. Fruit butter is not a jam. It eats like a sauce. You can add it to just about anything. Some of my favorite foods to add fruit butters to are biscuits and pancakes. I also enjoy fruit butters on savory dishes such as crab cakes. In order to make a fruit butter, traditional recipes will add a lot of sugar to the fruit. I don't like doing that because I want the natural sugar within the fruit to emerge. After the fruit butter has cooked through, I will add honey to get the sweetness I desire.
For this recipe, I've added the nectarine butter to overnight oats. The nectarine butter gives the oats sweetness without overpowering the way processed sugars do. Dehydrated figs can also add a little bit of texture to the oat mixture. Fresh figs can be substituted in you like.
1/2 cup rolled oats
1 small apple, grated
1/2 cup yogurt
2 nectarines, sliced
2 tablespoon unsalted butter
4 tablespoon Rose water
honey to taste
2 figs sliced ( dehydrated optional)
Yield: 1 serving
Prep Time: 20 minutes plus overnight
Cook Time: 45 minutes
A day before eating, place the oats, grated apple and yogurt in a jar/container. Mix well, and refrigerate overnight.
Slice the nectarines, and place in a heavy bottom saucepan on low heat. Add the butter and rose water. Cover and allow the mixture to simmer on low heat for 10-15 min. Stir occasionally. You can add a little bit of water if you need to or you can add more rose water. Honey can be adjusted to how sweet you would like the butter to be.
Once the fruit is tender, puree in a food processor or by hand. I don't like my butter texture to be too smooth. Feel free to make it as smooth or as chunky as you desire.
At this stage, feel free to add more Rose water and honey
Once cool, place in the refrigerator
If you would like to dehydrate the figs, slice the figs, and place on a wire rack. Place in a 150' oven for 2-3 hours
The next day, place the oats in a bowl, top with the nectarine butter and figs