Preparation: 5 minutes
Cooking: 20-25 minutes
Price: 6 Euros
#apricots, #Dessert, #sweet
I was supposed to make an apricot bundt cake but had a lot of work. A good solution in case you have bought soggy or too firm, or sour apricots is to bake them. This redeems them, the hot oven restores their creaminess and fruitiness. And they make the perfect dessert, both hot and cold, with greek yogurt or ice cream or even in a salad.
This recipe comes together easily and quickly. Works both for desserts well as breakfast. If you want to make this recipe vegan, just maple syrup and a vegan yoghurt. Stored in a jar in the refrigerator, the baked apricots and their syrup are easy to add to yogurt or oatmeal in the morning, and transform any cake to a super extra dessert. This is also a solution for many fruit especially during summer when we all tend to buy more fruit than we can consume, so instead of letting them go bad, bake them and store them in the fridge.
10 apricots washed & halved (I kept the pit so they wouldn’t lose their shape, but otherwise discard it)
2 cinnamon sticks
1 spoon full of honey
Some geranium leaves or rosemary (washed)
1 vanilla pod
1 piece if ginger peeled (optional)
A shot of cognac or vermouth or just a bit of orange juice
For serving: ice cream, yogurt or coconut yogurt, Crème Fraîche
Preheat oven at 200 C. Wash the apricots, cut them in half, and arrange them cut side up on a baking dish. Arrange the rosemary/geranium, vanilla, cinnamon and ginger around the apricots.
Drizzle honey all over the pan and add your liquid. Bake for 20-25 minutes, shaking the dish every now and then till they caramelize. The apricots need to be soft but not completely collapsed.
You can mix your yogurt with some vanilla and honey to make a sweet cream. Top with the apricots and don’t forget to use the juices from the pan. Scatter toasted almonds on top and enjoy!
* If your apricots are very soft and ripe, start checking for doneness earlier. If they are a little underripe or on the larger side, they may need to bake longer.