Apricots- A Taste of France

I just love apricots, they bring a taste of French summer into our home.  And although I didn’t purchase mine from a market stall at the side of the road (Lidl’s best), they are still beautifully coloured and soft skinned.

Apricots in all their glory

Apricots in all their glory

Apricot Cakes

Ingredients

125g plain flour

1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

Pinch of salt

75g butter, room temperature

70g Caster sugar

1 egg

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

75ml full fat milk

apricots, halved, pitted, cut into 1/4-inch wedges

2 tablespoons brown sugar

Method

Preheat oven to 160oC. Put the paper cases in the tin. Mix the flour, baking powder, and salt in a bowl.

Using an electric mixer, beat the butter and sugar, occasionally scraping down sides of bowl, until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes.  Add the egg and vanilla and beat until combined.

With mixer on low speed, add the dry ingredients in 3 additions alternately with milk in 2 additions, beginning and ending with dry ingredients. Divide this batter among muffin cups (cups will be only 1/3 full) and smooth tops. Top with the apricot slices and sprinkle liberally with brown sugar.

Apricot

Bake until cakes are golden and a tester inserted into the centres comes out clean, 20–25 minutes. Transfer pan to a wire rack; let pan cool 5 minutes. Transfer cakes to rack and let cool completely.

Apricot

Divine!

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