My favorite way to eat apricots is just as you see them here - fresh out of hand!
But of course no one should eat more than one or two a day that way, and since I'm the only one in the family who likes them, my yearly treasure trove threatens to spoil before I can eat them all! So I'm constantly looking for new ways to use these beauties.
I think you'll like this one...
Baked Apricots with Almonds
The ingredient list is simple:
5 or 6 fresh, ripe apricots
1 Tablespoon butter
3 Tablespoons brown sugar
1/4 almonds, finely chopped
I used the almond slivers I had in the cupboard -
- and my Pampered Chef chopper.
Then I chopped my little heart out for about thirty seconds.
I think I'll go a bit longer the next time. These pieces were a bit large for the recipe, although they still worked well.
Mix the almonds with the butter (softened) and brown sugar, and set it to the side.
The next step is to peel the apricots. I neglected to take pictures of this process, but it's easy-peasy.
First, blanch the fruit. Bring a pot of water to a boil, then carefully drop the apricots into the boiling water. Once the water reaches a rolling boil again, leave the apricots in for about one minute. Then bring them out of the water (I use a slotted spoon). The skin should split and pull back a bit.
If you have some fruits that aren't quite ripe, they may need to blanch for another 10 - 15 seconds.
Once the apricots are blanched, let them cool slightly, then slip the skins off and cut them in half. Remove the pits and arrange the halves in a buttered baking dish.
Put about a teaspoon of the almond filling in each half, then bake them in a 400° oven for 20 minutes.
They should be hot and bubbly, with juices running in the baking dish. And oh! They smell so good!
Serve them warm, with a bit of ice cream or whipped cream on top. Or you can eat them plain. Any way you do it, these are delicious!
So let's talk. Do you like apricots? How do you like to eat them?
Jan Drexler loves her family, her home, cooking and just about anything made by hand. But she loves her Lord most of all.
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