Saturn Nectarines, Red Currants and Raspberries

I just returned from Colorado where I spent a week with close friends. It was a necessary vacation. Colorado always recharges my brain and re-energizes my body. Our friends Jill and Erik were kind enough to open their house to us one more time and we truly enjoyed their company.

I am working on many new recipes but to start, I wanted something summery, light and fruity. I finally found red currants in the store and of course, I immediately thought of crumble. Saturn peaches and nectarines were also abundant and decided to combine them with the red currants and raspberries for a bit of tart, sweet contrast. I topped them with pistachio crumble and mace mascarpone cream.

Saturn peaches remind me immensely of summer vacations at the beach. We call them “paraguayos” and they were always part of the snacks my mom used to pack for us in the cooler. Peaches, melon, tortilla de patata… Finished with an ice cream sandwich.

Saturn Nectarine, Red Currant and Raspberry Crumble

2 saturn peaches, peeled and diced
50 grams red currants
50 grams fresh raspberries (you can use frozen ones as well)
10 grams sugar
1/4 tsp nutmeg
10 grams flour

All these measurements can be slightly adapted depending on the sweetness of the fruit and its water content.

Combine all ingredients in a bowl. Divide amongst ramekins. Top with pistachio crumble and bake at 350 degrees for approximately 20 minutes or until the filling starts to bubble.

Pistachio Crumble

100 grams unsalted butter
100 grams sugar
100 grams flour
125 grams pistachios, chopped
pinch of salt

Cream all ingredients together in an electric mixer. It will be crumbly. Place on a cookie sheet or in an air tight container and refrigerate over night. I normally make a large batch and freeze it and then I bake what I need. Break little pieces and top the fruit filling with it.

Mace Mascarpone Cream

60 grams organic heavy cream
60 grams mascarpone cheese
15 grams sugar
Pinch of mace

Whip all ingredients until soft peaks form.

On another note, my little boy got his first real haircut in Colorado. I miss his blonde curls but it was time. He spent time at “Honey’s” riding the four wheeler, playing with dogs and pinball machines. What else can a boy ask for right? Thanks Robyn and Paul!

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42 Responses to “Saturn Nectarines, Red Currants and Raspberries”

  1. Astrid says:

    Aran – Your son is still adorable, though much of more of a little man now I guess with his curls shorn off. It’s hard to see them grow up, isn’t it? And wonderful at the same time.
    I have some red currants in the fridge that I don’t know what to do with. My husband and kids don’t like them (too tart). Maybe I’ll try your recipe!

  2. Congratulations on the first haircut!! That *is* a milestone!

    And I don’t understand how you can keep little (and big) mitts off your amazing looking desserts long enough to post them and get a couple pics! lol

  3. nicisme says:

    That looks nice, I love crumble, We didn’t get that many good red currants this year. :(
    Your son looks lovely with his new haircut!

  4. nadia says:

    How i love berries, this looks delicious. And I am going to give this one a try today! lovely photographs and jon well he is still as handsome as ever, but instantly taller!

  5. Aran, your little boy is just the cutest EVER!!!

    and this looks amazing, crumble is one of my all time top desserts AND I have red currants, nectarines and plums in the freezer!!! I feel a midweek dessert coming on!!!

  6. Christy says:

    You have such a handsome little man!! I’m sure you enjoyed your vacation in Colorado!

    Those photos are stunning!; so far i’ve only seen and read about Saturn nectarines from Sherry Yard’s book Dessert by the Yard,but they look so adorable when cut it halves!! Can’t wait to see what other recipes you have up your sleeve!!

  7. Mobula says:


    Jon está guapísimo con ese nuevo corete de pelo y parece mayor!!!! Es adorable y cuando crezca va a ser un bombón.

    Me encanatan las nectarinas, y los paraguayos, y los melocotones… y siguiendo tu consejo tengo en el congelador un tupper con crumble aunque le puse almendras que era lo que tenia a mano ese día así que caerá dentro de poco… me encantan este tipo de recetas porque así carlos come fruta sin darse apenas ni cuenta.



  8. Your boy is precious! I have two grandsons, one that looks a few years younger than your son. They live in Arizona and I miss not seeing them. I often see red currants and don’t have a clue what to do with them. Great suggestion along with the peaches and nectarines.

  9. Oh, Aran, isn’t your little one just adorable? And your photos (as always) are stunning. I find redcurrants impossibly appealing.

  10. Jill says:

    Love the colors of this post! It rained all night and when I went outside this morning it was rather gloomy. I saw your beautiful colors and it brighten my day!

  11. cindy* says:

    what a beautiful boy aran!

    these photos look delicious and beautiful…gorgeous colors. i am always so excited when i see new posts on your blog. thank you for sharing!

  12. Ann says:

    Aran, your photos just get better and better, if that’s even possible! Beautiful food and a beautiful boy!

  13. ana dane says:

    i just made a red currant-raspberry pie, but unfortunately, ate it too fast to take pictures and post about it.

    but it’s such a perfect summery combination. i may have to make your recipe now since the pie is long gone.

  14. Aran tus fotos como siempre estan preciosas! Me encanta el crumble de pistachio, me lo puedo comer hasta solo! Pero con estas frutas de Verano aun mejor!

  15. bego says:

    Jon, guapísimo….
    La exquisitez de lo que haces es arte… así lo sentimos quienes te leemos.. Arte… arte sin pretensiones.. arte del corazón…
    Eres única…. una artista…
    Aitite estaría orgulloso..

  16. I just discovered your blog and read it “cover to cover”. I am amazed and completely intimidated by all these recipes. I’ll try to sink my teeth into few simpler ones.

    What are the essential baking tools that you’d recommend? I can see you have a huge variety of gadgets and plating devices. I don’t have that large of a kitchen, so things I get really need to be great.

    Thanks and keep them coming!

  17. Aran says:

    Puhvis Kukk-

    Thanks so much for your email. My kitchen is also small but don’t let that intimidate you. I could list so many tools… but here are my basics:
    -10″ chef’s knife
    -paring knife
    -stainless steel bowls because they are light and great for double boilers
    -offset spatula to ice cakes and even out creams
    -pastry bag
    -plain pastry tip (no 5)

    I also love flexipans, ring molds, tart rings, etc but they are not basic tools.

    Don’t hesitate to ask me more questions. I love enthusiastic readers and questions! Thank you!

  18. It is like a still life of fruit, just painterly and beautiful. I continue to play with my new camera, in hopes of taking a photo that portrays a dessert with this much appeal. Inspiring as always and your son is adorable!

  19. Alexa says:

    Those pictures are amazing! Your son is a cutie. My son got his first haircut in Colorado too. He was three at the time, and his hair was down to his shoulders, beautiful blond curls. We donated them to locks of love. He still remembers it and talks about it as a great thing (he’s 6 now).

  20. Monkee says:

    What a beautiful beautiful blog! It’s so clean, simple and elegant. Of course the photos too. It’s really extraordinary. :) It’s my first time here – and I’m only too sure that I’ll be back


  21. This sounds delicious. We have a lot of leftover nectarines in the fridge, a great way to use them up.

  22. Y says:

    That little boy of yours, he’s such a sweetie!

    Those saturn nectarines are like donut peaches, right? I can’t wait for them to come into season here… so many plans ! :)

  23. What a sweet fellow Aran… can see him running with the DB hazelnut!! LOL…fantastic post & REFRESHING in every sense. Interesting to read he list of essential kitchen tools…Guess what’s on my list of next to get …a canelle knives!! :0)

  24. I love this for a summer dessert! Gorgeous and delicious looking! Your son is so adorable too!

  25. maralco26 says:

    me encanta tu blog¡¡¡¡que cosas mas buenas¡¡¡¡

  26. This is so beautiful I am speechless. No wonder you have such a following!!!!

  27. Tartelette says:

    Jon looks adorable with his new haircut! You guys are just a good looking family, period!
    Girl, all you have to say is red currant and mascarpone, does not matter the combination and I come running!! I so miss our garden back home…

  28. wow – I made a tart with these same flavors yesterday (even though I’m not posting it until after 7 tonight). What a killer combination!

  29. That is an amazing looking crumble! I also love the whipped cream with the mascarpone–the whole thing sounds like a delicious indulgence (and those drips over the sides of the ramekin just make it look that much for tempting for some reason)

  30. chefectomy says:


    I have been out on vacation for about a week and was missing something – your photos – stunning as usual. The little guy is going to be a real lady killer…


  31. hello Aran…So glad you enjoyed a little holiday too! The recipe, as always, looks beautiful and so does your son’s new haircut!

    my favorite peaches…

  32. Carri says:

    I just bought a bag of these nectarines from the lovely couple who drive a fruit truck up from California 3 times a summer…I had planned to make a dessert with them, but they were so tasty, my kids ate them all! Your blog is a delight…I hope you saved some of those curls!

  33. Aran your son is such a cutie !
    Love the look of these crumbles. Your presentation n photography has once again has left me in awe for your skills.

  34. Aran-

    This is the second recipe of yours that I have made and it was once again outstanding! You are fantastic! And your photography is just gorgeous!

  35. Aran says:

    Thank you Adriana! I’m so glad you liked it!

  36. Fit Chick says:

    OK, now you are reading my mind! I was at Trader Joe’s today and some red currents caught my eye, now I know what to do with them, thank you!

  37. Kevin says:

    That looks really good! Nice photos!

  38. this is my first time to your blog, got here from Cherrapeno, and I’m so glad I did!! you have some beautiful recipes and truly amazing pictures!

    this is a great refreshing recipe! I’m going to try your frangipine tart soon!:)

  39. Chez US says:

    Welcome back from Vacation! These look devine!! I may have to make this weekend for a bbq we are going to – if they will let me bring dessert!

  40. Petra says:

    Those are peaches and you have “nectarines” in the title…

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