So we have an influx of dried apricots. Usually I would snack on/ add to musli / porridge etc.. But 80% of what we have are organic apricots and therefore that horrid looking brown/ black colour due to natural preserving methods. So don't seem so appealing to the eye to eat regularly
I am going to make a lamb tagine with some and was hoping to bake something with the rest
I am TERRIBLE at baking! ( can cook but baking usually fails)
So what ideas would you recommend?
Can I make apricot bread? ( my banana bread seems to be the only fail safe thing)
I don't really want to have to buy more things, just use some cupboard ingredients. ( we have most baking basis I think, and a few eggs)
Or how easy is chutney? Or is that a different ball game I should avoid?
I just swap them with raisins or sultanas in recipes (chopped of course). Nice in scones, fruit bread, muffins, just exchange the same weight in whatever tried and trusted recipes you use and it should work fine. I also have a Cranks recipe for Armenian soup that involves apricots with lentils and cumin - sounds a bit rank but really isn't and is v v easy. Let me know if you want me to pass it on to you.
1. Stick a load in a saucepan, add a cinnamon stick and some star anise, and about half a pint of water (and a bit of sugar) and cook slowly. Makes a beatiful dessert, especially served over greek yoghurt or ice cream. Also yummy for breakfast
2. Chutney is dead easy, but you will need to do lots of chopping. In which case you can try snipping them with scissors - I think its a easier. Search for the Nigella apple and cranberry chutney recipe on the internet and swap the cranberries for apricots.
3. Chicken & apricot stew....there's a Waitrose recipe on their website - I tend to add garlic and a load more cumin, cinnamon and turmeric than they call for (actually, I go quite freestyle) but its a bloody good starting point.