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Lovely Little Golden Things: Vanilla Poached Apricots

Vanilla-poached apricots and two-day-old baby chicks. Both so perfect they’ve stunned me to silence. Let’s just enjoy it while it lasts, shall we?

Vanilla-Poached Apricots
Yields 15
These lovely little golden things are delicious served with whipped cream; over yogurt, ice cream, or oatmeal; or as is.
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Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
1 hr 30 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
1 hr 30 min
  1. 1 1/2 cups water
  2. 1 cup sugar
  3. 1/2 vanilla bean, split open lengthwise and seeds scraped out
  4. Zest of 1 lemon, peeled into strips with a vegetable peeler
  5. Big pinch of salt
  6. 15 firm-ripe apricots, halved and pitted
  1. In a medium pot, combine the water, sugar, vanilla bean (both pod and seeds), lemon zest and salt. Bring to a boil over high heat, and boil for one minute.
  2. Add the apricots, gently arranging them in the pot to submerge as many as possible. Reduce the heat to maintain a low simmer, adjusting as necessary. Poach the apricots for about 5 minutes, until they're as soft as you'd like them. You'll probably need to shift them around gently in the pot to give them equal time in the liquid.
  3. Remove the apricots to a bowl and pour the liquid overtop. Let cool completely at room temperature, about 90 minutes.
Adapted from Gourmet Magazine, May, 2007.
Adapted from Gourmet Magazine, May, 2007.
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