Poached apricots

Poached apricots

Vanilla and cardamom add wonderful, subtle flavours to this easy dessert. It's also very low in fat and tastes delicious on its own, or with fat-free Greek-style yogurt or reduced-fat ice cream.

By , 21 September 2015
Poached apricots
  • Ready in: 60 mins
  • Serves: 4
  • Price: £2.05 per serving
Nutritional Info
Each 200g serving contains
  • Fat low
  • Saturates low
  • Sugars high
  • Salt low
  • Energy 653KJ 156KCAL
of your reference intake.
Typical energy values per 100g: 326kJ/78kcal.
  • 100g granulated sugar
  • 200ml clear apple juice
  • Juice and zest 1/2 lemon, pared with a peeler
  • 2 cardamom pods
  • 1 vanilla pod
  • 500g apricots, preferably slightly firm
  • Pre-heat the oven to 180C/160C Fan/Gas 4. Put the sugar, apple juice, lemon juice and zest, plus 200ml water, in a pan.

  • Lightly crush the cardamom pods with a rolling pin. Make a cut along the length of the vanilla pod with a sharp knife. Add the cardamom and vanilla pods to the pan. Heat gently, stirring, until the sugar dissolves. Then simmer, uncovered, for 15 minutes.

  • Meanwhile, halve and stone the apricots and put in an ovenproof dish.

  • Pour the hot juice mixture over the apricots. Cook in the oven, uncovered, for 20-25 minutes until the apricots are just tender.