Apricots are the fruit of my childhood and also my favorite fruit. Our garden had a large old apricot tree that bore delicious sweet-smelling and tasting fruits, which I have not experienced since. There was enough for us to eat, can, bake with, and share with all the neighbors and friends. The Midwest climate is not suitable for apricots because late spring frosts can kill the blossoms. I know because I tried! I have experimented with planting my own apricot trees because I learned from local farmers that there are some south-facing slopes in KCK that have apricot orchards. (If you know where it is, and if it is not a secret, please share it with me). The best apricots are grown in the Santa Clara Valley of California. They are usually shipped underripe and never truly ripen, even when left in a brown bag on the kitchen counter. Since the fruit gets sweeter and softens during the baking process, even imperfect apricots are the perfect fruit for this dessert, but any other fruit can also be used.
Apricots are high in minerals, beta carotene, iron, and copper. Fresh apricots are always the best, but they can also be purchased dried (but with a much higher concentration of sugar). Search for organic or sulfur dioxide-free varieties if that is your concern.
- 2 c All-purpose flour (I used the gluten-free version here)
- 1 c Whole milk
- 3 Eggs
- 1 c Granulated Sugar
- 1/2 c Oil
- 1 tsp Baking powder
- 1 tsp Vanilla extract
- 6 Apricots (washed and halved, stone removed)
- Gather the ingredients
- Lightly coat the baking pan with butter or oil and fit with baking paper.
- Mix all wet ingredients and slowly add dry ingredients.
- Mix well
- Pour the batter into the prepared pan and spread evenly with a spatula. Spread apricots evenly over the top.
- Bake at 350 °F until golden brown and until a toothpick inserted in the middle of the cake comes out clean.
- Some of the fruit blistered in the oven, which is fine, making it caramelized and sweeter in the process. Dusting with confectioners' sugar is the finishing touch.
- Enjoy and share your food with friends!
Simple fruit: seasonal recipes for baking, poaching, sautéing, and roasting by Laurie Pfalzer and Chrity Burggraaf
Call Number: 641.64 PFALZER
Sweeter off the vine: fruit desserts for every season by Yossy Arefi
Call Number: 641.64 AREFI
Publication Date: 2016
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