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This sweet and juicy baked fruit dessert from pastry chef Megan Garrelts features nectarines, her favorite summer fruit. Garrelts ingeniously forms her go-to citrus sugar cookie dough into a slice-and-bake log to use as the topping. Of course you could swap plums or peaches for the nectarines, and raspberries or blackberries for the blueberries. Slideshow:  More Fruit Desserts 

August 2016


Credit: © John Kernick

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45 mins
3 hrs




Make the sugar cookie dough
  • In a medium bowl, sift the flour with the baking powder and salt. In a large bowl, beat the butter and sugar with a hand mixer at medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Beat in the vanilla, lemon zest, lemon juice, lime zest and lime juice, scraping down the side of the bowl as necessary. Beat in the egg. With the mixer at low speed, beat in the dry ingredients, scraping down the side of the bowl as necessary; the dough will be very soft.

  • Scrape the dough out onto a sheet of plastic wrap and roll into a 9-inch log. Flatten the log into a 2-inch-wide rectangle, about 1 inch tall. Refrigerate until very firm, at least 2 hours.

Make the pandowdy
  • Preheat the oven to 350˚. Butter a 9-by-13-inch glass, ceramic or metal baking dish and sprinkle with 2 tablespoons of the sugar; turn to coat the pan with sugar.

  • In a small bowl, mix 2 tablespoons of the sugar with the cinnamon. In a large bowl, toss the nectarines and blueberries with the remaining 1/4 cup of sugar and the cornstarch, orange zest, orange juice, grated ginger, brandy, ground ginger, cardamom and nutmeg. Spread the fruit in the prepared dish.

  • Using a sharp knife, slice the rectangle of cookie dough 1/4 inch thick. Arrange the slices over the fruit in a graphic or random pattern; they will spread during baking. Brush the dough with heavy cream and sprinkle with the cinnamon sugar. Bake the pandowdy until the cookie dough is golden brown and the fruit is bubbling, about 45 minutes. Serve warm, with ice cream.

Make Ahead

The cookie dough can be refrigerated for 2 days.