5-Minute Maple and Thyme Skillet-Roasted Apricots

August 8, 2016

5-Minute Maple and Thyme Skillet-Roasted Apricots


Let me just get the obvious out of the way because I know what you’re thinking: what am I doing here? Shouldn’t I be at the beach or something?
It’s summer after all, so leaving home (even if it’s air conditioned) and spending time outside, in the shade, is (almost) mandatory.
So again, why am I sitting in front of my laptop on a sunny August afternoon?
These are valid questions, but you see, there is history here, a prolonged history of recipe testing/creating which cannot be stopped.
Not even by the call of the beach.

5-Minute Maple and Thyme Skillet-Roasted Apricots


I’ve spent the last couple of weeks collecting berries (raspberries and blueberries in particular) and stone fruits (doughnut peaches, nectarines, plums, and apricots) at the farmers market like a crazy person.
I just can’t get enough.
Some fruits make summer all the more special and when you have an overabundance of fruit you need to use them up before they go bad. So cooking/baking becomes a compelling ritual.

5-Minute Maple and Thyme Skillet-Roasted Apricots


Apricots are definitely one of my favorite fruits; they are sweet, fragrant rich and a true gift of nature.
There are many things you can do with them: crisp, compote, cake and — needless to say it — eat ‘em right out of hand. Roasting is also such a quick and yummy way to prepare them; if you have never done it before, you should totally give it a try.

5-Minute Maple and Thyme Skillet-Roasted Apricots

These Maple and Thyme Skillet-Roasted Apricots are lovely little things and are light enough for a breakfast, but sweet and decadent enough to pass for a rather guilt free dessert as well served with a scoop of vanilla ice-cream.
They melt in your mouth and are loaded with sweet summer flavor.
The apricots are roasted just until tender with a hint of maple syrup while the thyme creates the most fragrant apricot experience.

5-Minute Maple and Thyme Skillet-Roasted Apricots


Now, my apricots were still a little firm and not quite ready to be eaten. So they still had a bit of a tangy note to them. The more ripe your apricots are, the sweeter this treat will be, so be sure and keep that in mind.
Now go make some!

5-Minute Maple and Thyme Skillet-Roasted Apricots


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Ingredients
Serves 2

8 apricots, pitted and halved
1 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon granulated sweetener of choice (I used coconut sugar)
1 tablespoon maple syrup (or mild tasting honey)
4 sprigs of thyme

Directions

Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add granulated sweetener and cook until dissolved. Add apricots skin side up and cook for 3 minutes.
Drizzle with maple syrup, sprinkle with thyme, flip the apricots, and cook for two further minutes.
Transfer to a plate and serve over Greek yogurt, ice cream, panna cotta, or eat on its own.

Nutrition facts

One serving yields 167 calories, 7 grams of fat, 29 grams of carbs, and 2 grams of protein.

15 comments:

  1. Haha I totally get the need for stone fruit and berry hauls!! It's my favorite season for fruits (and weather, and sunshine, and...everything) so I feel like it's best to soak it all up while we can!!
    Okay...I don't have apricots, but I do have peaches...hm...

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    1. I can't even begin to tell you how amazing this recipe is with peaches, like super-awesome-amazing! ;)

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  2. i SO have to make this. i adore roasted stone fruits (always so sweet and delicious) and the thyme addition is just so fabulous! Xx

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    1. Thyme pairs perfectly with the sweetness of the apricots, you should totally try it!

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  3. Apricots are also my favorite. Roasting them brings out their flavor. However, my all time favorite are apricot dumplings. They are made with quark, a healthy German version of creamy cottage cheese.

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    1. I need to try that, sounds intriguing...

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  4. I have some ripe apricots hanging out on my counter, but - not for too long! I cannot wait to try this recipe, Mike - it sounds "awesmazing"! David gave me some amazing maple syrup when my daughter and I visited him and his family this summer and that maple syrup would be perfect with my apricots - all I gotta do is scavenge around for some thyme! Happy Tuesday to ya - hope you get to escape to the beach at least for a bit, my friend!

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    1. The thyme is non-negotiable, go scavenge now! :D

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  5. I wish we got good apricots here, they're always underripe and mealy, but I did have a tree ripened one once and the fragrant flavor is beyond description! I'll have to try this out with some awesome peaches instead!

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    1. If you can get your hands on some decent apricots, I say definitely go with peaches. Deffo worth trying..

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  6. I haven't roasted fruit before but that sounds like a great way to switch up the already naturally sweet flavor!

    Harry Bowden

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    1. Roasting stone fruits is the shiz Harry, you should try it asap!

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  7. These look outstanding and so easy. LOVE all the stone fruit about, heck all the fruit this summer has been outstanding. Grill 'em up too!

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