A plate of sunshine

by Peachy Palate on June 17, 2013

Apricots, cherries and strawberries…they just scream summer!

The first of the apricots arrived in The Happy Pear last week. Beautiful small little ripe orange gems. I couldn’t wait to get my hands on them.

Although cold breakfasts (smoothies and overnight oats) have been my go to options with the warmer weather (even if it has been raining) I had a longing for a baked pancake and a vision of an apricot almond one that needed creating!

The pancake base was made up of almond meal and buckwheat flour, light, fluffy, well risen…

I poured the batter over a pan full of thinly sliced apricots which covered the lined with parchment paper base. Just as I envisaged the apricots baked and melted in a to a delicious almost jammy like goodness, melting in to the batter while retaining just a little of their shape.

Out from the oven the puffed up based looked and smelt delicious…

Flipped over on to my plate I was delighted by the bright orange gooey apricots that almost smiled back at me.

Tempted to just dig in I decided to slice and dress it up a little for maximum enjoyment. A dollop of SunButter on each slice (the caramel of the nut/seed butter world), chia seeds and coconut, some apricot jam on the side.

Those apricot baked oats were really something special and the baked pancake totally lived up and exceeded my expectations. I profess to love apricots but if I’m honest I only love them when they’re baked, stewed, grilled, roasted….straight up apricots just don’t have the same appeal. A little cooking goes a long way to creating the most wonderful texture, releasing their sweet juices and making them all that bit more alluring (or in my mind totally irresistible).

I have various “apricot plans” this week and this was the first of them. A mighty success that I want to repeat about ten times over. A pretty plate, bright, beautiful, jam packed full of flavour and sure to brighten up your morning whatever the weather!

A true sign of when a recipe excites me is when I go a little OTT on the photos. I must have snapped about 40 odd photos in 5 minutes flat before pretty much diving head first in to it! You then open up your photo editor ready to get converting and resizing only to be greeted with more photos then you care to consider deleting. I have good and bad days when it comes to taking food snaps and on the good days you hold on to each and every photo, each one a highly precious well captured moment that fills up your external hard drive just waiting for another use or peruse somewhere down the line. It’s my form of “virtual hoarding” Smile

This of course was one of those mornings..hence the mighty amount of photos!

What’s your favourite way to cook apricots or make use of them when they’re in season?

Apricot Tatin Baked Pancake

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Servings – 1

Preparation Time – 5 minutes

Cooking Time – 30 minutes

Ingredients

Pancake

  • 40g (1/3 cup) buckwheat flour
  • 20g (2 tbsp) almond flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 125ml (1/2 cup) almond milk
  • 1 small ripe banana (approx. 100g/3.5oz)
  • 3-4 apricots sliced thinly

Toppings

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 180C (350F).
  2. Line a small pancake pan with a circle of baking parchment.
  3. Lay slices of apricot over the base of the pan, covering it completely, overlapping the apricots.
  4. Blend together banana, almond milk and extracts using a handblender.
  5. Whisk in flours and baking powder until perfectly smooth.
  6. Pour the batter over the apricots, spreading gently with the back of a spoon. Give the pan a little gently shake to ensure the pancake batter is evenly distributed.
  7. Bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes.
  8. Place a plate on top of the pan and gently flip out on to plate. Carefully peel back baking parchment. Slice in to four and dress with toppings as you please!

{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

Aimee @Cinnamon Castle June 17, 2013 at 10:41 am

Just seeing apricots makes me crave summer! It’s winter in Australia right now, and as much as I want to complain about how cold it is, it truthfully is only 15 degrees C! I spent our summer in the UK, so this should be nothing to me!
Looks delicious, do you think you could use apples or pears?

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Peachy Palate June 17, 2013 at 6:59 pm

Oh ye definitely. Check this one out…. http://peachypalate.com/2013/01/24/stick-it-in-the-oven/

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Holly @ EatGreatBEGreat June 17, 2013 at 1:37 pm

Mmmmm…this look so refreshing and delicious! I love apricots and this time of year they’re soooo good!

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Julie @ twosaucysisters.wordpress.com June 17, 2013 at 2:00 pm

Mmmm looks so fab! I agree, I’m not a huge fan of straight-up apricots, but in baked goods, cooked into dishes, in smoothies or cut up and paired with other things they are great!

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Peachy Palate June 17, 2013 at 7:00 pm

I know they just get so much sweeter!

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Maria @ runningcupcake June 17, 2013 at 8:19 pm

I agree baked apricots are just so much nicer than fresh ones (and I do like fresh ones).

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Sabrina @ Nutritiously Sweet June 18, 2013 at 8:22 am

Wow! So yummy looking, I have to try this out. So bookmarking for when I go home.. my mom has almond flour lol :)

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annie June 18, 2013 at 2:54 pm

I like dried apricot – dangerously addictive actually.

I have a question you might be able to help me with. On Friday I’m doing a 2-day juice cleanse (quite HIGH in carbs and sugars only…hope that is ok). I’m quite…desperate. Anyway, I have trouble with binging and constipation. A lot of trouble. So, I know the “precleanse diet” is supposed to be 3 days. But what if I start a “better” pre-cleanse 2-days prior (I kinda want to be more “reckless” still today, despite last nights binge)..

Also, the cleanse suggests a colonic during or before/after the cleanse for constipation issues, but I can’t afford that. This worries me because I am already extremely constipated and anticipate it will only worsen during the cleanse, so how do I “get the crap out” LOL. Is a colonic the only way? Thanks for any general perspective on this issue!

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Peachy Palate June 18, 2013 at 7:45 pm

First off I’d recommend trying to speak with someone or seeking some help for the binge eating. I’ve been their and know how viscous the cycle can be on the body and mind.
The cleanse should help with the constipation regardless of the colonic; colonic’s do definitely help but it you can’t afford it the cleanse is a great start. Go easy on the food you eat before the cleanse and for a few days after; easy to digest food, light meals. Do your best not to binge…I know it’s easier said then done.

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annie June 19, 2013 at 3:37 am

Hi, thanks!!! It’s a relief to know that if I can’t do a colonic, then so be it. Still constipated. Tommorow will be 2-days PRe cleanse…I’ll try to be good (today not a good day, i.e. chocolate at midnight amongst a trillion other things). I realize the juices are only all sugar -carbs and its only 2 days, but I just want to do …something. Try something new. I hope I will be okay (I am low weight, so I worry its “not good” for me. But I’ll try to sleep, etc. I don’t exercise as is. Baby steps..wanna be my coach :)

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Peachy Palate June 19, 2013 at 1:17 pm

Best of luck with it Annie! Maybe it will be a little kickstart but you need to work out the issues behind your binging..there are aspects that are food related in terms of cravings and imbalances but it would help to speak with someone professional x

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