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Fresh Apricot Cobbler

June 09, 2020 5 min read

Fresh Apricot Cobbler

The best thing about an apricot cobbler is the looks on your friends' or family's faces when they take that first bite.

Apricots are naturally sweet, and their soft texture is perfect for any apricot dessert, but apricot cobbler is when they really come into their own. When baked in a cobbler, apricots release their juices for a moist, mouthwatering filling that is perfectly matched with our sweet, crunchy topping.

We love the simplicity of this recipe. It tastes delicious, and no-one will know how easy it is to make (unless you are willing to share).

You can use one large dish for your apricot cobbler, but we love the classy look of using a tiny bowl that is oven-safe or a small ceramic dish for each person (that way everyone gets their own dessert). Perfect for families or for those who are tempted to grab larger portions!

How to make Apricot Cobbler

Ingredients

Makes 8 servings

Filling

  • 4 cups of fresh apricots (about 24 apricots), pits removed and quartered (no need to peel)
  • 2/3 cup of refined sugar
  • 6 tbsp of maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp of vanilla extract

Topping

  • 1 1/2 cups of flour (whole wheat, all-purpose, any kind will do. Use 2 cups of flour if not using)
  • 1/2 cup of rolled oats (optional: you can add an extra 1/2 cup of flour instead)
  • 1/2 cup of refined sugar
  • 2 tsp of baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp of sea salt
  • 1 cup of milk (or non-dairy milk of your choice)
  • 1 tsp of cinnamon
  • 1 oz of butter, melted (about 2 tbsp)
  • 1/4 cup of demerara or other brown sugar

Ingredients for serving

  • Vanilla ice cream
  • Vanilla custard
  • Whipped cream
  • Creme fraiche
  • Slivered almonds
  • Vanilla or coconut yogurt
  • Dried raisins, cherries, or other fruit
  • Candied ginger, orange slices, or other candied fruit
  • Slivers of fresh peaches or mango

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 375°F.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix together the apricots with the sugar, maple syrup, and vanilla extract. Set aside while you prepare the topping.
  3. In another bowl, combine the flour, oats (if using), refined sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt.
  4. Pour the milk into the flour mixture, stirring well.
  5. Divide the filling equally between 8 ramekins.
  6. Use a spoon to put dollops of the topping on top of each ramekin. (Don't worry if it doesn't fully cover the fruit.)
  7. Brush or pour a drizzle of melted butter over each dessert, sprinkling a bit of demerara or brown sugar on the top.
  8. Place the ramekins on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or foil (this will catch any drips during cooking), and bake at the center of your oven for 25-30 min, or until the topping is golden brown.
  9. Remove from the oven and let your apricot cobbler stand for 10 min before serving.
  10. Serve warm with the toppings of your choice and soak up the compliments!

*Any leftover cobbler will keep in the refrigerator for 3-5 days, or in the freezer for 2 months providing it is well-wrapped. Just be sure to thaw in the refrigerator or at room temperature before reheating.

Apricot Cobbler FAQs

Can I use canned, dried, or frozen apricots?

Yes, you can. Canned apricots usually come in syrup, so you may want to drain and rinse them before using, or include 6 tbsp juice and omit the maple syrup.

Dried apricots will work in this recipe too, if you mix them with other fruit, such as apples, pears, peaches or mangos. Use about 4 oz dried apricots for 2 lbs of fresh fruit.

To use frozen apricots, thaw them thoroughly first and then make the recipe as usual. Your apricot cobbler may not be quite as juicy though, because fruit tends to lose a bit of water content once it has been frozen, so you can get around this by drizzling a few tablespoons of fruit juice into the filling (apple, orange, or mango would all work well).

Do I have to use sugar?

Not at all. For the filling, you can substitute the sugar for xylitol, coconut sugar, or date sugar. Or use 1 cup of chopped pitted dates or raisins. You could also use more maple syrup in place of the sugar: use 3/4 cup maple syrup or honey.

Another filling alternative is to use 2 very ripe bananas. They should be brown, or at least with brown spots (that's how you know they're extra sweet). Mash the bananas and mix with the apricots and other filling ingredients.

For the topping, if you wish you can use 1/2 cup honey or maple syrup and no sugar at all. You don't want to have too much liquid in your topping, so check the texture before adding any milk: you may only need 1/4 cup or none at all.

If you want to use a sugar-free topping, use 1/2 cup xylitol, coconut sugar, or erythritol (a form of fruit sugar).

Your apricot cobbler can be just as sweet and tasty. No-one will know you didn't use sugar unless you tell them.

What other toppings can I use?

In addition to the combination of flour, oats, and sugar, you could add in slivered almonds, chopped pecans, or other nuts. If you do add nuts, you may want to skip the oats and use 1 1/2 cups flour to 1/2 cup nuts. Many apricot recipes combine apricots with nuts, and for good reason: they're delicious together!

Another great topping for a sweeter apricot cobbler is marzipan AND slivered almonds!

Here's how you do it: Mix together 1 cup flour and 1/3 cup sugar. Add 1 stick unsalted butter cut into cubes, working it into the dry mixture with your hands until the mix resembles chunky breadcrumbs. Stir in 1/2 cup flaked almonds and 6oz grated marzipan. Crumble the topping over your apricot cobbler and bake.

What other fruit or filling ingredients can I use?

Apricots go with just about anything. You can make up all kinds of apricot cobbler combos: try mixing apricots with plums, oranges, apples, mangoes, or peaches. Try adding 2 cups thawed frozen berries, too, for an apricot cobbler that is extra colorful. (If you add 2 cups of berries, reduce the number of apricots to 3 cups, or 18 apricots... or add more ramekins!)

Grated orange zest would be delicious in any apricot cobbler filling, as well as pieces of candied ginger, or a handful of chopped dates (if you use dates, use half the amount of sugar).

If you don't want to use apricots at all, check out these recipes for a delicious pear cobbler, blueberry cobbler, peach cobbler, or even chocolate cobbler!

Apricot Desserts are sure to be a hit and this one is no exception. Whether you go with traditional recipe or decide to customize it your apricot cobbler is sure to a hit!



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