Most fruit is perfect just the way that it is, but there are some that reach their full potential when cooked. The apricot is one of these.
An under-ripe apricot can be very tart, and an ever so slightly over-ripe one becomes too soft and fall apart. Like with a pear, they have a short window of opportunity to be truly wonderful. Lightly poaching them takes them into dessert heaven.
You will find me poaching a lot of fruit. I like to preserve it when I have an abundance like I did last week. Once cooked it can languish in the fridge in its sweet juice for at least a week . My 10 minute apricot jam is a winner (forgive the photograph, this was my first ever blog post)
* Notes on this recipe:
I don’t like overly sweet poaching syrup, so if you like something sweeter which can offset the tartness of the apricots, I would suggest using 1 cup of sugar. I used dried chamomile flowers which make a really stunning tea. I had bought this tea on Santorini in Greece a couple years back and see that it can now be bought locally (thank goodness) by Nigiro Tea. A little goes a long way here and I totally love how the floral flavour compliments the apricots and vanilla so beautifully. I’m rather excited about this flash of inspiration.
I’m slowly becoming a full on tea geek, but more about that at a later stage, and when I decide I’m ready to unleash this on Drizzle and Dip. Apparently chamomile tea is good to rinse blonde hair with, which is one of the reasons I bought such a big bag, but I love drinking it so much, that it has never made it into my bathroom.
Recipe | super easy | 20 mins
- 2 cups of strongly brewed chamomile tea
- 3/4 of a cup of sugar
- 1 vanilla pod split and seeds removed
- 750 – 800g halved apricots with pips removed
Bring the tea and the sugar and split vanilla pod to a boil and allow to simmer for about 5 minutes then add the fruit. Apricots (especially very ripe ones) poach very quickly, so you will need to cook them for a maximum of about 3 – 5 minutes. Remove the apricots with a slotted spoon and set aside. If you leave them in the boiling syrup they will turn to mush. Allow the syrup to cool and serve either warm or cold with ice cream.
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