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Caramelized Apricots with Almond Cream

Cook the fruit quickly so that a layer of brittle caramel encases the soft interior. This recipe works just as well with peaches.

  • servings: 4

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Ingredients

  • 1/2 pint heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons confectioner's sugar
  • 1 tablespoon amaretto or 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 8 apricots, ripe but firm, halved and pitted
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds, toasted (optional)

Directions

  1. Step 1

    Whip cream with confectioner's sugar until soft peaks form. Whisk in amaretto or almond extract. Refrigerate until ready to use.

  2. Step 2

    Melt butter in a large saute pan over medium heat. Add sugar; stir to dissolve. Swirl occasionally until mixture is light brown, 3 to 5 minutes.

  3. Step 3

    Add apricots, cut side down. Increase heat to medium high, and cook until sugar has turned a deep amber and apricots are well caramelized, no more than 5 minutes. Shake pan a few times.

  4. Step 4

    Remove pan from heat and transfer apricots to a plate, cut side up. Whisk milk into sugar mixture to make caramel sauce. Simmer over low heat until thick, 2 to 3 minutes.

  5. Step 5

    Arrange apricots on four plates and pour sauce over each one. Spoon almond cream on the side and garnish with sliced almonds.

Source
Martha Stewart Living, August/September 1992

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