Spiced Apricots & Natural Yogurt


poached apricots

I was measuring out the apricots into a cup when one fell on the ground. Lightning fast, he snatched it up before I even knew what was going on he shoved it in his mouth. If it weren't for his chewing and blissful but cheeky expression I would have only have been halfway through the sentence "I thought I dropped an apricot..." He looked so delighted with himself and held up his hand for a high five that I failed to return. I don't encourage eating off the floor...

poached apricots

The dish that I was making was inspired by the delicious apricots that you tend to get a hotel breakfasts. The apricots are poached in a lightly spiced syrup and swell up to voluptuously soft proportions and spooning some of these golden, plump fruit onto a bowl of natural yogurt has got to be the best way to start the day.

Provided that you don't pick any up off the floor ;)

So tell me Dear Reader, which second rule do you believe in?

Pssst! Want to make your own yogurt? It's easy, here are instructions to make your own yogurt! x

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Spiced Apricot Yogurt

  • 1 cup dried Turkish apricots
  • 1 1/3 cup water
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • Juice of 1 orange (I used a tangelo because that's what I had)
  • 1/2 a star anise
  • 1 cardamom pod
  • 500g/1 pound Natural yogurt to serve

Step 1: If you have time (and it's not strictly necessary), cover the apricots in boiling water and soak for about an hour or overnight.

poached apricots

Step 2: Place the sugar and 1 1/3 cup water in a saucepan and dissolve the sugar over medium heat. Add the apricots (drain if you've soaked them), the orange juice and the star anise. Crush the cardamom pods with a mortar and pestle or the blunt end of a knife handle and add these too.

Step 3: Simmer with the lid on for 15 minutes and then remove the lid and simmer for 5 minutes until syrup has thickened. Serve with natural yogurt.