Nectarines with apricots and chocolate cinnamon wafers

Nectarines with apricots and chocolate cinnamon wafers
Nectarines with apricots and chocolate cinnamon wafers Photo: Narelle Autio

Now is the time to enjoy both the fragrance and the flavour of intensely sweet nectarines. Keep it simple - just give them a stylish escort. They are a perfect match for champagne, ice-cream, mascarpone, brown sugar or honey.

Ingredients

6 large ripe nectarines, halved and stoned

4 ripe apricots, halved and stoned

55g caster sugar

30g ground hazelnuts

300g ricotta

2 tbsp icing sugar

For the chocolate cinnamon wafers

1 tsp ground cinnamon

100g shortbread biscuits

75g dark chocolate, melted

Method

For the chocolate cinnamon wafers

Crumb cinnamon and biscuits in a food processor until fine, add melted chocolate and mix well. Place mixture between two sheets of baking paper and, using a rolling pin, roll very thinly into a rectangle about 20 x 24cm. Remove top sheet and, using a sharp knife, mark 8 rectangles (approx 5 x 8cm). Replace paper and freeze until firm (10-15 minutes) or until required.

Place nectarines and apricots, cut side up, on a foil-lined baking tray and sprinkle with sugar and hazelnuts. Cook under a hot grill for about 5 mins or until fruit is warmed through.

Combine ricotta and icing sugar in a small bowl and mix well.

To serve

Serve warm fruit with a dollop of ricotta and the chocolate wafers on the side.

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