Vanilla Poached Apricots

These lovely little golden things — our favorite vanilla poached apricots — are delicious served with whipped cream; over yogurt, ice cream, or oatmeal; or as is.

Tip

These vanilla poached apricots are among our favorite east-coast party tricks to make pretty good apricots into very good apricots.

Vanilla Poached Apricots

These lovely little golden things are delicious served with whipped cream; over yogurt, ice cream, or oatmeal; or as is.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Serves 8

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 vanilla bean, split open lengthwise and seeds scraped out
  • Zest of 1 lemon, peeled into strips with a vegetable peeler
  • Big pinch of salt
  • 15 firm-ripe apricots, halved and pitted

Directions

  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.

Nutrition Information

Amount Per Serving:

Calories:: 89 Total Fat:: 0.5g Carbohydrates:: 21.5g Fiber:: 1.5g Protein:: 1.1g