With a little heat, disappointing stone fruits can be coaxed into deliciousness.
When apricots are at their best, they are a delicious fruit. But, when left for a bit too long, they can often become sour. It’s not worth chucking them out though, as with a little heat they can soon be coaxed back into deliciousness.
First, pre-heat the oven to 215C. While that’s heating up, start to cut all your apricots in half, and removing the pit. Then, you’ll just need to arrange the slices so that they’re cut-side up on a baking dish, making sure they don’t overlap.
Pour the orange blossom water and vanilla extract all over to moisten the apricots, and then drizzle over the honey.
Bake for around 20 minutes, basting and gently shaking the dish from time-to-time. This will prevent the fruit from burning.
Tip: Apricots are done when they are soft, but have not collapsed completely.
Take the dish out of the oven and sprinkle some sugar onto the apricots, before returning them to the oven for a further 5 minutes.
Finally, transfer the apricots onto serving plates and drizzle over any juice that is left in the tray. Serve up with a dollop of yoghurt honey cream on the side and toasted almonds on top.