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BAKED APRICOTS WITH BAY AND HONEY
Baking apricots intensifies the flavour and will bring the best out of any fruit that is not quite perfectly ripe. The combination of spices in this syrup accentuates different aspects of the apricot’s flavour – herbal and even a little spicy. Try them with a scoop of good-quality vanilla ice-cream or double cream. This recipe would also work well with fresh peaches.
100g runny honey 5 cardamom pods, cracked opened Generous pinch of saffron threads 1tsp coarse sea salt 3 small bay leaves 10 apricots
1 Preheat the oven to 180C/gas 4.
2 Put the honey, 100ml water, the cardamom pods, saffron, salt and bay leaves into a small pan. Place over a medium heat and cook until the mixture comes to a boil. Simmer gently for 3 mins and then remove from the heat.
3 Place the whole apricots in a small baking dish big enough to hold the apricots quite snugly – you don’t want too much space between them. Pour over the honey mixture, using a wooden spoon or rubber spatula to scrape out any saffron threads that have stuck to the side of the pan.
4 Roast the apricots in the oven for 40 mins, removing them to baste and turn every so often, or until they are very soft, but still hold their shape.
5 Remove from the heat and either serve immediately, or set aside until cool and then store in the refrigerator until ready to serve.