Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Baked Apricots


I've had my fill of blueberries and I've eaten my weight in raspberries.  In fact, the last time I went raspberry picking, I got stung by a bee on my foot.  Maybe this was the universe's way of saying enough's enough.  I think I was being punished for my greed.  Donny told me I screamed like I was starring in a horror movie, and this was after he managed to pull the stinger out with his hands.  I dropped my pint of raspberries, mumbled something about wishing we had baking soda, and cursed my strappy-toed sandals for likely attempting to step on that bee in the first place.  The dropped raspberries were recovered and that was the end of this season's berry picking.




Post berries, I came home with a brown bag of apricots.  This was about a week ago now, when I was in a dismal space waiting for the peaches to ripen among the trees.  I think it was the color of the apricots that drew me in because I never buy fresh apricots.  I usually opt for the dried snacking kind because I know how fickle, mealy, and lackluster apricots can be.  But I also know how much apricots like the oven.


So I buttered those puppies up and into the oven they went.


The heat has the ability to transform even the most hard, bland apricots into a sweet delectable treat.  


I topped them with full fat Greek yogurt and a drizzle of honey.  The following day, I reheated the rest and ate them with scoops of vanilla coconut ice cream.  Both did the trick.  I've since moved onto peaches, and if you haven't yet experienced a juicy peach dribbling down your chin, now is the time.  But for now, here's the best way I know how to handle those apricots, should you find yourself in their company.

~Baked Apricots Recipe~

Slice apricots open and remove the pits.  Place them in a baking dish, cut side up.  Add a small pat of butter inside each hole.  You can also drizzle some honey on them at this point if you'd like to go a little sweeter, or if your apricots are particularly bland.  Bake at 325 for 25 minutes.  Serve warm with pillows of Greek yogurt and honey or ice cream.  Serve 2 halves per person. 

12 comments:

Colleen @ Culinary Colleen said...

What a simple summer treat. Yum.

Molly said...

Your poor foot!
Glad to know these baked apricots contain healing powers.

Eileen said...

OW! Bee stings are never fun--I hope your foot is feeling better! But those baked apricots look amazing, and so easy. Coconut ice cream, you say? I think I'll have to go searching for that one. :)

Sue/the view from great island said...

Ooooh, too bad abut your foot, but these apricots are fantastic! I agree that there is something about baking that brings out the best in them.

Stephanie said...

Haha Molly, I didn't look at it like that, but I think you're right. Eileen, coconut ice cream-great alternative to dairy. Check it out! Thanks Colleen and Sue!

Amy said...

Haha, nature does seem to work in mysterious ways, doesn't she? I'm on a big peach kick now too, but I've really wanted to bake apricots sometime this summer. I need to try it!

kyleen said...

Oh my goodness, getting stung in the foot with a bee! I've never been stung before but I imagine that it's not pleasant. I hope you feel better. These baked apricots are gorgeous!

Te de Ternura said...

QUE BUENA IDEA AMIGA!!!
Saludos desde BARCELONA :)

Monet said...

What a healthy and delicious summer treat. I adore dried apricots but I don't eat them fresh very often. I love how you filled them with greek yogurt. Just beautiful! Thank you for sharing!

Margie Larrazabal said...

I know what a bee sting feels like and it is awful! Sorry about that... These baked apricots with yogurt and honey look soooo good. The perfect way to enjoy stone fruits... Not too much, just simple good stuff!

lovenaturalfood said...

Ouch, bee stings are never fun. I hope this hasn't put you off raspberry picking! This recipe looks delish...I'm always looking for yummy and healthy things to do with fruit. Like the addition of Greek yog as a bit of decadence!

Clair said...

You know, I never buy fresh apricots either. I think I might be missing out. I'm definitely on a peach kick! They are so perfect and sweet and juicy right now.