Sunday, January 9, 2011

Happy Apricot Day!

Apricot Jam Friands by Technicolor Kitchen
Happy Apricot Day!  I probably couldn't tell you the last time that I ate an apricot, but after looking up some different recipes, I think that I might have to eat some soon.  Here is the recipe for the photo above:
Apricot Jam Friands
by Technicolor Kitchen

½ cup + ½ tablespoon (75g) all purpose flour, sifted
1 ½ cups (210g) icing sugar, sifted
1 cup (100g) almond meal (ground almonds)
4 egg whites
180g unsalted butter, melted
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
¼ cup apricot jam

Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F. Butter ten ½ cup (120ml) capacity fluted pans.
Place the flour, icing sugar and almond meal in a bowl and stir to combine. Make a well in the center, add the egg whites, butter and vanilla and stir well to combine. Divide batter among prepared pans. Top each with ½ teaspoon of jam and bake for 10-20 minutes or until golden and cooked through. Allow to cool in the pans for 5 minutes then carefully unmold onto a wire rack. Dust with icing sugar before serving, if desired.
Those look deliiiiiiiiicious.  And speaking of jam, last summer I really wanted to go pick some strawberries and raspberries and make some jam.  Unfortunately I never did that... so this summer I'm going to really try & do that.  I've found a bunch of delicious jam recipes and I want to try making some. 

Actually, now that I'm thinking of it... I ate apricots recently, in the form of fruit leather.  (Or, Fruit to Go or whatever it's called.)  This recipe looks really good, and EASY.  I'm definitely going to try this, and make it with different fruits.  I love eating these and I think I would really like it better to make them myself and have a bunch of different kinds.  Another recipe to add to the (long) list of things to make!  One of these days I'm going to get around to making all of these...
Apricot Leather by Little Red House

Apricot Fruit Leather by Little Red House
4 cups of apricots, washed, pitted and sliced (you can use any fruit:)
Squeeze of lemon juice
2-3TBS agave nectar (optional)


Wash fruit.
Pit, and quarter.
Add apricots and lemon juice to pan.
Cook on medium low until the juices start to come out, about 15-20 minutes.
Puree.
Get a bit emotional because it smells like babyfood, and you don't have babies.
Pull yourself together.
Pour onto a parchment lined pan.
Place in 150° oven for......all day.
I started in the afternoon and literally forgot about it...I woke up in the middle of the night in a panic, and when I checked them, they were perfect!
Slice, and roll.
Healthy Apricot Cake by Cucee Sprouts
Here is one more recipe.  This recipe is called "Healthy Apricot Cake", it doesn't have any eggs or flour and is low in sugar. And it looks really, REALLY good. 

Healthy Apricot Cake
by Cucee Sprouts

Ingredients

  • 1 cup apricot jam
  • 1 ½ – 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 cup Lifeway Kefir
  • 1 cup Agave 
  • 3 table spoons Canola oil 
  • 2 – 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour 

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  2. In a small bowl, sift together flour and baking soda.
  3. Beat together Canola oil, kefir, jam and agave with an electric mixer at medium speed for 2-3 minutes.
  4. Reduce speed to low and add flour mixture.
  5. Pour into a baking dish
  6. Bake cake in the middle of oven for 30 minutes until a wooden pick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Cool to warm or room temperature.
 I found all of these recipes from one of my FAVOURITE websites, tastespotting.  You can find anything & everything on there.  I love it, haha.  You can find so many great food blogs on there.  I love just scrolling through the pages & opening every recipe that looks good.  (I end up with a LOT of opened tabs at the end, and a lot of new recipes to try.)  Be sure to check it out, if you haven't yet!  And let me know if you try any of those recipes.  Oh & I'd love to hear what your favourite food blogs are, if you read any! 

9 comments:

  1. yum! i love apricot!! xoxo jcd

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  2. OH delish!! Did you try all those recipes? Yum!! I rarely eat apricots...I wonder why?! I think I'll go get some next week for a late celebration! :)

    <3 Ashley
    www.ahastylife.com

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  3. thanks so much for the love!!

    your blog is super cute:)

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  4. Now I NNED an apricot and am super sad they won't be ripe for months and months....

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  5. Oooh! I really want to try the apricot fruit leather! Thanks for sharing :)

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  6. i must admit, i don't usually eat a lot of apricot foods, but that leather looks great!!

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  7. Oh my gosh, I found tastespotting a few weeks ago and I LOVE it.

    I don't eat apricots much, but one of my favourite desserts uses apricot preserves. So good. (:

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  8. so yummy!!! :) I love dry apricots!

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  9. Huh, funny, I was just thinking of how my oatmeal could benefit from dried apricots instead of the usual dried cranberries!

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