What a fun cover for Real Simple to display in the summer, when everyone is looking for no-fuss, easy recipes: 3-Ingredient Recipes- fast, fresh and delicious. They feature these as Three Ingredient Summer Recipes. It’s a little bit of a stretch to call them (3) ingredient recipes. What they fail to mention is that there are 3 main ingredients, with basics like olive oil, butter, salt and pepper added in here and there to create the whole recipe. So basically, if you’re one that always has the extras in your house, you only really have to hunt down 3 ingredients to make the recipes. Pretty cool for busy people.
There are quite a few recipes on the cover. I chose the one I thought looked most appetizing to try out, though many of the 3 ingredient recipes looked worthy of trying. Read my notes below to see what I thought of the Nectarine Galette…
Yield: Serves 4
Prep Time: 15 min + chill time
Cook Time: 35 min
1 refrigerated rolled piecrust
3 thinly sliced nectarines or peaches
2 Tablespoons turbinado sugar
2 Tablespoons cut-up unsalted butter
additional turbinado sugar
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. with the rack in the lowest position.
2. Place piecrust on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Leaving a 2-inch border, top with nectarine slices. Sprinkle with turbinado sugar and cut-up butter. Fold the edges of the dough toward the center, overlapping slightly and partially covering the fruit. Brush the dough with 2 teaspoons water and sprinkle with 1 Tablespoon turbinado sugar.
3. Bake until juices are bubbling and the crust is golden (tent with foil if the crust browns too quickly), 35 to 40 minutes.
*This was a very straightforward recipe. I see no need to make your own crust, unless you despise the taste of store bought crust. All of my taste-testers thought the crust was perfectly delicious, and I just bought a plain-old store brand.
*I used nectarines for this recipe. No need to peel them. The galette would be equally good with fresh peaches too.
*Turbinado sugar is not something that most home cooks have on hand. If you have chunky sparkling sugar, that would work just fine. And if you don't have either of those sugars, I don't really see any reason why you can't use plain old granulated sugar.
Source: Real Simple, July 2011
This recipe was perfectly delicious and super simple- just as written. It’s a no-brainer for anyone- home cooks, non cooks, etc. It’s simple and impressive and a perfect dessert for summer nectarines. We loved it.
Did this recipe deserve the cover spotlight?
Yes! It’s the perfect example of taking a simple set of ingredients and combining them to make something impressive and good. It was fast. It was fresh. It was delicious. (just as the cover promises)