Nectarine pie is a sweet, tangy summer treat with seasonal fruit and a flaky, tender crust.

I’m feeling a bit depressed today. I’m just not ready for summer to be over. These past few months in particular have been really amazing and I’m not ready to move forward yet. Temperatures have been mild and the produce has been plentiful. Freelance work opportunities have been off the charts. I got to the beach three times. I got the European vacation I’d been anticipating for years. I’ve been so incredibly spoiled. I don’t want it to end. I’m being selfish.

Nectarine pie is a sweet, tangy summer treat with seasonal fruit and a flaky, tender crust.

Usually I get excited for fall. I know when it gets here I’ll be all about boots and apples and cool weather. I just wish it would wait a little bit longer. I can’t help dreading the shorter days; I thrive on sunlight. I don’t want to lose it.

Nectarine pie is a sweet, tangy summer treat with seasonal fruit and a flaky, tender crust.

I don’t want to lose the stone fruit. The sweet, juicy peaches, plums and nectarines I’ve been obsessed with for months. I already miss them. I already miss the beach.

Nectarine pie is a sweet, tangy summer treat with seasonal fruit and a flaky, tender crust.

I think what I’m really dreading isn’t actually the loss of summer, though it feels that way. I’m panicking about a major project I’m about to embark on, one I’ll be sharing with you all soon. It’s going to be a lot of work. A LOT of work. I feel like if I can just hang on to summer a little bit longer, I can put off the project for a little bit longer. My desperate clinging to summer is really just a desperate desire to procrastinate. I’ll get it all done. I just have to get past this mental block.

Nectarine pie is a sweet, tangy summer treat with seasonal fruit and a flaky, tender crust.

This nectarine pie might be my last chance to celebrate stone fruit for awhile. I don’t know, maybe I’ll squeeze something else in. But you should really make this before nectarines have vanished for the year. Each bite of this sweet, decadent pie tastes like summer. A beautiful, mild, adventurous summer that I’ll never forget.

Nectarine Pie
 
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Serves: 8
Ingredients
Dough:
  • 12 ounces (2½ cups) all purpose flour
  • 2 ounces (1/4 cup) granulated sugar
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 8 ounces cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
  • ⅓ cup cold water
Filling:
  • 3½ pounds ripe nectarines (approximately 6-7)
  • 1½ tablespoons fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup light brown sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • a few gratings of fresh nutmeg
  • ⅛ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
Topping:
  • 1 tablespoon milk or cream
  • 1 tablespoon raw turbinado sugar (granulated sugar may be substituted)
Instructions
prepare the dough
  1. To prepare the dough, place the flour, sugar and salt in a food processor. Pulse the dry ingredients several times to mix.
  2. Add the butter and pulse the machine until the mixture looks like coarse cornmeal (a few larger pieces of butter are fine).
  3. With the machine running, add the water and mix until the dough just begins to come together. It will still be very crumbly but should form dough when pressed together.
  4. Divide the dough into ⅓ and ⅔ portions, wrap in plastic wrap and flatten into round discs. Place in the refrigerator for a minimum of 1 hour (up to 48 hours).
prepare the filling
  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Fill a separate large bowl with ice water. On the bottom of each nectarine, slice a 1-inch X shape (the goal is to cut the skin, not the fruit). Using a slotted spoon, carefully add a few of the nectarines to the boiling water. After 30 seconds to 1 minute you should see the skin separating slightly from the fruit. Use the slotted spoon to move the nectarines into the ice water bath. Repeat with the remaining nectarines.
  2. Peel the skin from the nectarines (discard the skins). If any of the skins are stubborn, use a small paring knife to assist in the peeling. Slice the fruit in half and remove the pits. Place the nectarines flat side down and cut into thin slices. Place the sliced nectarines in a large bowl and toss with the lemon juice.
  3. In a small bowl, stir together the sugars, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt and cornstarch. Add to the nectarines, stirring to combine. Set aside.
assemble the pie
  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
  2. On a generously floured surface, roll out the larger portion of dough to about 12-13 inches in diameter (flour the top of the dough as well). Carefully place in a 9½ inch pie pan. There should be a slight overhang.
  3. Re-flour the surface and roll out the smaller portion of dough to approximately 10 inches in diameter. Use a pizza slicer to cut 8 even strips. Layer the strips in a decorative lattice pattern. Cut off any excess overhang from the strips and then fold the bottom overhang over the strips. Use a fork to gently crimp the edge of the crust all around.
  4. Brush the milk or cream evenly over the dough and sprinkle with the turbinado sugar (this will add a nice crunch).
  5. Place the pie pan on a baking sheet and place in the oven. Cook for 20 minutes and then lower the oven temperature to 375 degrees F. Bake for an additional 35-40 minutes, or until the crust is brown and the filling is bubbly.
  6. Allow to cool completely to room temperature before slicing (the filling will thicken as it cools).
Notes
filling & topping adapted from Smitten Kitchen’s peach pie

 

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  • http://whatjewwannaeat.com Amy @ What Jew Wanna Eat

    This pie is so pretty! I couldn’t possibly be depressed when there is dessert like this around. Excited to see what your next project is!

  • http://eatingininstead.com/ Ethel @eatingininstead

    Your pie is a reason I don’t want summer to end! Eagerly awaiting your new project!

  • http://www.climbinggriermountain.com Lauren+@+Climbing+Grier+Mountain

    GAH!! Just gorgeous. I’ll take a slice…..or two:)

  • Nicole B.

    I’m right there with you – this summer is especially difficult to say goodbye to. I’m dreading the winter ahead. This pie really does look like summer. Now if only I can find some fresh nectarines!

    Good luck with your project!

  • http://realfoodbydad.com Matt+Robinson

    Well thank you for spoiling us with this, absolutely awesome!

  • http://tutti-dolci.com Laura+(Tutti+Dolci)

    So gorgeous, I’m all for holding on to summer too!

  • http://addalittle.wordpress.com Millie l Add A Little

    Looks super delicious!!

  • http://www.vikalinka.com Julia@Vikalinka

    Consider me convinced, such beauty! I really need to make a nectarine pie!

  • http://alwayzbakin.com Michele+@+Alwayzbakin

    I’m with you about summer. It just didn’t last long enough. This pie looks incredible! I LOVE nectarines. They have been so delicious lately too. Thanks for sharing! I can’t wait to see what your new project is. ;)

  • http://whatshouldieatforbreakfasttoday.com/ Marta+@+What+should+I+eat+for+breakfast+today

    I don’t want summer to end. It was amazing this year and I’ll truly miss it. This pie looks delicious and I am pro sweet flavours :)

  • http://www.crunchycreamysweet.com/ Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet

    I am so ready for fall but don’t want the stone fruit season to end! This pie is gorgeous, Jen!

  • http://www.mynameisyeh.com molly yeh

    this pie is absolutely gorgeous! and i’m sorry…. you can probably blame me for praying that fall gets here ;) it was like 60 degrees yesterday and i was wearing my sweaters all gleefully and dreaming of shorter days…. it sounds like you have had one wonderful summer though, missy!!

  • http://www.kitchenbelleicious.com Kitchen+Belleicious

    it literally looks like SUMMER! The fresh juicy nectarines and that wonderful buttery crust. Just love it.

  • http://www.bloggingoverthyme.com Laura (Blogging Over Thyme)

    I’m not ready for summer to be over either!!! I was at Starbucks the other day and they gave out samples of pumpkin spice latte. I wanted to be like “NO, NO, NO!” –> and yet, I drank it all because it was delicious :) But I totally know what you mean!

  • http://www.bloggingoverthyme.com Laura (Blogging Over Thyme)

    These photos are STUNNING! Now I’m craving pie like nobody’s business.

  • http://glazedandconfused.us Graham @ Glazed & Confused

    I’m totally with you. I started school today and all I’ve been thinking about is how quickly the temperatures will start to descend and I’ll be putting pumpkin and sweet potatoes in everything edible.

    Your pie looks amazing. The perfect last hurrah to stone fruit + a poignant goodbye to summer. The photos are equally as delicious!

    So glad I stumbled upon your blog. Everything around here looks amazing!

    • Jennifer Farley

      Thanks so much for the kind words (and for stopping by) :)

  • http://ohsosweetbaker.com/ Rochelle @ Oh So Sweet Baker

    Commenting from your tweet.
    Ps. This nectarine pie looks divine!!

    • Jennifer Farley

      I appreciate it, looks like clearing my cache fixed the issue!!

  • http://www.mydailymorsel.com Riley Wofford

    The end of summer is bittersweet. I love me some nectarines, but I also love not having back sweat. That’s nice too.

  • http://diethood.com Kate+@+Diethood

    You really ARE having an amazing summer! LUCKY GIRL! You deserve it!! As I deserve THAT pie to join mah belly! SO BEAUTIFUL!!

  • http://www.countrycleaver.com Megan+{Country+Cleaver}

    I’m having pangs of being excited for fall and really wanting summer to keep going. But either way there is pie to be had in every season!! And this lattice crust is beautiful!!

  • http://diethood.com Kate+@+Diethood

    What a gorgeous pic! We’ve got a few months to wait for stone fruit season but I think pies are definitely in my destiny! :D

  • http://www.heatherssweetsandtreats.com Heather

    Such pretty pie! I, too, am dreading the end of summer. I love the laid back nature of it all and am not looking forward to the hustle of fall and winter.

  • http://www.pinchandswirl.com Marissa | Pinch and Swirl

    Can’t wait to hear about this big project, Jennifer!

    I’m with you about summer – this one especially. Fall (read: soup) is usually heavy on my mind by now, but the fruit this year has been so. amazing. Nectarines included and this pie you’ve made is gorgeous.

  • http://www.bakersroyale.com Naomi @ Bakers Royale

    I’m with you, I don’t like the shorter days. I do love the cooler weather though. This pie-oh my! It’s freaking gorgeous.

  • SHanna @ Pineapple and Coconut

    I would love to live in an endless summer because of beach days and stone fruit. I am not a fan of fall or winter. I love my heat and sunshine. Gorgeous pie!

  • http://www.abrowntable.com Nik@ABrownTable

    I’m curious to see how “cold” it gets here in the Bay, though I will miss all the summer fruit. I would love to stuff my face in that pie.

  • http://tortadellafiglia.com marcela

    oh… I’m so hungry right now… and i just ate…

  • http://thatskinnychickcanbake.com Liz

    You HAVE had a super summer! And I know you’ll rock your new project! Just like you did with this pie. I’m a sucker for stone fruit, too. I think I better bake just one more pie, too :)

  • http://butterlustblog.com Katie @ Butterlust

    Just move yourself down to Austin, TX and you can have summer through the end of November!! No really, that happens here and I LOVE IT. Such a lovely pie and the photos are beautiful, as always!

  • http://hipfoodiemom.com Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom

    Jen, I totally hear you on seeing summer come to an end. . but it has been a wonderful summer and I soooo want to wear my sweaters again. :P This pie is absolutely beautiful. . and that major project you are about to embark on? Embrace it, girl! :) and hey, I’ll see you at BHP in PA next month! Are you speaking there?

  • http://atasteofmadness.blogspot.ca/ ATasteOfMadness

    I am so not ready for summer to be over yet. Although the thought of pumpkin recipes is making the end seem a little more bearable.
    This pie is gorgeous! I can’t remember the last time I made a pie! At LEAST a year. This needs to change!

  • http://www.piesandplots.net Laura Dembowski

    I get very depressed about the end of summer. I don’t like chilly or cold weather. It is very hard on my body. I’ll be happy when it’s summer again or I love to California :)

    I make peach pie all the time, but never nectarine. Great idea!

  • http://thevanillamonologues.blogg.no/ Marie Roald

    I so love the lighting in these, and a lot of your photos! And the colors are beautiful! Thank you so much for the inspiration, I’ll be following you on Bloglovin :)