Spending Sunday morning at a farmer's market is one of my favorite things to do. I like to go when the day is young, full of possibility and when the produce is fresh and at its best. In an attempt to take full advantage of summer's bounty, I felt like a kid in a candy store this morning - loading up on Lapin cherries from the Okanagan and not one but two boxes of B.C. apricots.
This recipe for apricots baked with almonds and honey is a great way to bring out the sweet jammy flavor of ripe apricots. Slice each fruit in half to remove the pit and place on a baking sheet with finely chopped roasted almonds and then drizzle with honey. Bake until soft, golden and fragrant. Try serving with yogurt or ice cream and garnish with mint if you have some around. This makes for a nice light summer dessert, perfect on an August evening.
Apricots baked with almonds and honey (serves 2)
6-8 ripe apricots
handful of roasted unsalted almonds, finely chopped
yogurt or ice cream
mint or golden raisins for garnish (optional)
Preheat oven to 350
Slice each apricot in half and remove pit. Place each half on a baking sheet with the centres facing up. Top each half with finely chopped almonds and drizzle with honey.
Bake in the oven for about 15 minutes or until soft and golden. Enjoy warm with yogurt or ice cream. Garnish with mint and golden raisins.