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BAKED APRICOTS WITH BAY AND HONEY

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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.

SERVES 4-6

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.

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Great Dixter by
Aaron Bertelsen is published by Phaidon – photograph­y by Andrew Montgomery
Grow Fruit and Vegetables in Pots: Planting Advice & Recipes from Great Dixter by Aaron Bertelsen is published by Phaidon – photograph­y by Andrew Montgomery

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