In comparison to peaches, plums, and cherries, sweet-tart apricots don’t get much attention, and we think that they’re undeservedly under-appreciated. To bring more attention to the palm-sized stone fruit, we’ve rounded up our favorite apricot recipes that show it off in all of its forms.
Ripe, juicy fresh apricots have all sorts of uses. We love them for baking—try our simple apricot-almond tart with a delicate crust made from all-purpose, potato, and almond flours, or whip up our Transylvanian sour cream apricot cake. Alternatively, try using fresh apricots in a cooked salsa with red onion, mint, and cilantro. Horchata, a Mexican rice drink, is also great flavored with apricot.
Or, transform the fruit. Drying apricots concentrates their flavor to a musky sweetness and adds depth to whatever dish they grace. Try pairing the fruit with meat, as in our roast pork stuffed with prunes, apricots, and apples, or see how it elevates baked chicken. And like all dried fruits, apricots are perfect mixed in with nuts and grains, as in our vanilla-scented granola or bacon-studded barbecue trail mix.
Lastly, apricot liqueur adds an elegant fruitiness to cocktails. The Hyperion cocktail mixes blended scotch with apricot liqueur, crème de cacao, and a Bolivian spirit called singani. Or, try adding apricot liqueur and Lillet Blanc to a South American pisco base for an untraditional but delicious drink.
For all of these dishes and more, check out our apricot gallery above.