The blood oranges gives this dish a wonderful taste. Try it à la mode.

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Serves 4

6 nectarines, pitted and cut in half

½ cup sultanas

¼ cup+4 tablespoons sugar

½ cup water

2 cinnamon sticks

2 star anise

1 vanilla bean, cut in half and seeds scraped out

2 blood oranges, cut into wedges

1²⁄3 cups unbleached flour

4 tablespoons butter, cold and

in pieces

½ cup milk

melted butter


  1. Preheat oven to 450°F.
  2. In an ovenproof dish place nectarines, sultanas, sugar, water, cinnamon, star anise, and vanilla bean.
  3. Squeeze the oranges over the dish and add the flesh too.
  4. Combine flour and ¼ cup sugar in a bowl.
  5. Add the butter and work it in with your hands. The result should be crumbly.
  6. Add the milk and work the dough together.
  7. Roll it out in a little flour and use a cookie cutter or a glass to make biscuits.
  8. Brush with melted butter and sprinkle with sugar.
  9. Bake until golden. This will take about 15–20 minutes.
  10. Discard oranges and serve.


Photography by Frances Janisch

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