Summer in Western New York brings an abundance of fruits and veggies to their peak. IHG Dietician Nutritionist, Katie Schaeffer, shares a simple seasonal dessert recipes that celebrates apricots at their height of deliciousness!
If you’re not familiar with fresh apricots, now is the perfect time to try them. Look for fruits that are orange to deep orange with no sign of green. The fruit should be smooth and soft but not mushy. If the fruit is firm, it can be ripened at home on the counter or in a brown paper bag. Store fresh apricots at room temperature and out of direct sunlight. If the fruit seems to be ripening too quickly they can be stored in the refrigerator, but it may change their taste and texture a little bit. Apricots can be eaten raw or cooked. Roasting, grilling, and stewing will intensify the sweetness and flavor of the fruit. Try the simple recipe below for an easy and delicious dessert:
Butter baking dish and place apricot halves cut side up in dish. In a food processor, pulse almonds and brown sugar until nuts are finely chopped. Add butter and process until well combined. Evenly divide the almond mixture onto the tops of each apricot and bake in a 400 degree oven for about 10-15 minutes, or until fruit is soft and topping is golden brown. Serve with plain Greek yogurt, top with seasonal berries, or enjoy on their own!
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