Brown-Butter Apricots with Brioche and Ice Cream

Photo: Chris Court
Prep Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
30 mins


  • 1 pound ripe or overripe apricots (about 5), halved, pitted, and sliced into roughly 1-inch-thick wedges

  • ½ cup sugar, divided

  • 4 slices brioche (each ¾ inch thick)

  • 10 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided

  • Pinch of coarse salt

  • 1 tablespoon water

  • 1 pint vanilla ice cream


  1. Gently toss apricots with 3 tablespoons sugar. Place remaining 5 tablespoons sugar on a rimmed plate and dip both sides of each brioche slice in sugar, coating well. Meanwhile, melt 2 tablespoons butter in a large saute pan over medium heat until foaming. Add 2 brioche slices to pan and cook until golden brown on bottoms, 2 to 3 minutes. Flip slices, add 1 tablespoon butter, and cook until other sides are golden brown. Transfer to a plate and repeat with remaining 2 slices.

  2. Wipe out pan and increase heat to medium-high. Add remaining 4 tablespoons butter and cook, swirling pan occasionally, until butter is golden brown and fragrant, about 3 minutes. Add apricots and salt and cook, swirling pan to coat apricots in butter, until heated through, about 1 minute more.

  3. Remove pan from heat, add water, and swirl to create a smooth sauce. Divide brioche among 4 plates. Top each with apricots, sauce, and a scoop of ice cream. Serve immediately.

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