I grabbed some photos for my sister @greenogden the other day. She teaches food preserving classes and needed some photos to advertise for the classes. Love the way they turned out!!
One of the classes she's doing was an apricot class, so of course we needed apricots for the shoot.
The only problem was, she didn't take them with her. So...they were left at my house. I remembered after eating a few, that I really don't care for apricots. I mean, I love apricot fruit leather, but I am not into eating them fresh. Which is actually pretty weird for me, I generally prefer almost all fruits and veggies fresh. Because of this, they sat on my counter a little longer than they should have. Look at that poor wrinkly little apricot.
I hate to waste food, so I had to do something with them, even if I had waited a really long time and they were showing some signs of age. But, I was left with very few options of what to do with them...smoothies, fruit leather, apricot jam, apricot sauce...none of those were sounding like something I wanted to get into this particular day.After debating for a few minutes, I finally decided on apricot crisp. Mostly because the topping would help mask the flavor a little. Plus baking helps changes the texture and sweetens the fruit.
Start by cutting your apricot into wedges.
To them add in flour, sugar and cinnamon. Put into baking dished of choice.
In another bowl, mix the flour, oats, brown sugar, cinnamon and melted butter.
Top the apricot with the oat mixture. I use less them most recipes use, just keeping calories down.
Bake them at 350 until top is golden brown, mine took about 20 minutes. you don't want the apricots to get mushy, so if they are cooking too much, broil and get the color you want.
We serve our's with ice cream, if you don't want the extra sugar or calories, it's also great on it's own!
Now, sit back and enjoy. You deserve it!!
- 3 cups apricot, cut in wedges make sure they are ripe, but not too soft.
- 3 tablespoons flour
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 ½ cup oats It's best to use regular rolled oats, but if all you have is quick oats, use those.
- ½ cup whole wheat pastry flour If you don't like whole wheat, white flour works great.
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- ¼ cup brown sugar
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ⅓ stick butter, melted
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.Combine apricot wedges, sugar, flour and cinnamon in bowl. Mix carefully with a rubber spatula, this will keep the apricots from getting smashed. Divide between the 4 dishes. You can use whatever dishes you choose for this- 4 small ramekins, 4 mason jars,etc.Next mix together the oats, flour, salt, cinnamon, brown sugar and melted butter. Mix well, divide well between the 4 baking dishes.Bake until golden brown. Mine took about 12 minutes. You don't want the apricots to get baked until they are mushy, so if they start to get pretty soft, turn the oven on broil and quickly get the crisp to the color you want. It will go quick if you broil, so make sure and keep an eye on it. Trust me, this is first hand experience talking here, it's happened to me more times than I care to admit.Serve with ice cream or whip cream if you choose, or eat it as is.Now, sit back and enjoy. You deserve it!