Grilled Apricots with Almond Whipped Cream

Drizzled with honey and topped with toasted almonds, these apricots are simply stunning for dessert.

Ingredients:
4 apricots, halved
1 teaspoon melted butter
3 teaspoons honey, divided
2 tablespoons sliced almonds, toasted
⅓ cup whipping cream
½ teaspoon almond extract
1 ½ tablespoons powdered sugar

Method:
1. Heat a grill or grill pan over medium high heat.

2. In a small dish whisk together the melted butter and a teaspoon of honey. Cut the apricots in half and brush the melted honey butter on the cut side.

3. Place the apricots cut side down onto the heated grill pan. Grill the apricots for about 2 minutes until softened and just slightly charred, and then remove and place them cut side up onto a plate.

4. Using a stand mixer with the whisk attachment or a hand mixer, add the whipping cream, almond extract, and powdered sugar and beat the whipped cream until stiff peaks form.

5. To serve, spoon about a tablespoon of the whipped cream on top of each apricot half, then sprinkle on the sliced almonds and drizzle on the remaining 2 teaspoons of honey.

Peach Cobbler

It’s hard to beat this classic summer dessert—just add vanilla ice cream!

Ingredients:
4 cups sliced peaches
F&L cobbler crust mix
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 cup sugar
10 tablespoons cream
2 tablespoons butter
Ground cinnamon or nutmeg (optional)

Method:
1. Melt butter in a 13-by-9-inch baking dish. Meanwhile, in a large bowl combine the F&L cobbler crust mix with the cream, stirring until dry ingredients are just moistened.

2. Bring 1 cup sugar, peach slices, and lemon juice to a boil over high heat, stirring constantly. Pour the peach mixture into the baking dish and top with cobbler batter. Sprinkle with cinnamon or nutmeg, if desired.

3. Bake at 375° for 40 to 45 minutes or until golden brown. Serve cobbler warm or cool.

Variation: The cobbler mix can also be used to create summery shortcakes to pair with your favorite fruit: After mixing the dry ingredients with the 10 tablespoons of cream, turn the dough out onto a lightly-floured surface and roll into a ½-inch-thick round. Cut into 6 2-inch round biscuits, then place on a baking sheet and brush the tops with 1 tablespoon of cream. Bake in a 400° oven for about 17 minutes or until golden brown.

Strawberry Shortcakes with Crème Fraîche

Topped with our housemade crème fraîche and ripe strawberries, these shortcakes are moist, crumbly and just a touch sweet.

Ingredients:
Farm & Larder shortcake mix
¾ cup heavy cream, plus 1 tablespoon
4 cups strawberries, washed, stemmed and sliced
½ cup sugar
1 cup Farm & Larder crème fraîche

Method:
1. Preheat oven to 400°. Add the shortcake mix to a large mixing bowl. Measure ¾ cup cream; set aside 1 tablespoon. Add the remaining cream to the dry mixture, and stir with a fork until the mixture just comes together.

2. Lightly knead the dough a few times in the bowl, turn it out onto a lightly floured board, and roll out about ¾-inch thick. Cut six 2½-inch circles or squares out of the dough. Reroll the scraps, you should be able to get 2 or 3 more shortcakes out of it.

3. Place the biscuits on a baking sheet lined with parchment, and brush the tops with the tablespoon of cream. Bake for 15-17 minutes or until lightly golden. Remove from oven and allow to slightly cool.

4. In a second bowl, mix the sliced strawberries with sugar. To assemble, split each shortcake in half and top both halves with a serving of berries. Finish with a generous dollop of crème fraîche.

Apricot Galette

Sprinkled with a dusting of cinnamon sugar, this fresh tart is sure to please.

Ingredients:
Farm & Larder galette dough, chilled
6-8 ripe apricots
2 tablespoons sugar
½ teaspoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon honey
1 tablespoon unsalted butter, cut into small pieces

Method:
1. Preheat the oven to 400°. Peel, halve and pit the apricots and slice into ¼-inch thick pieces. In a small bowl, combine the sugar and cinnamon.

2. On a lightly floured work surface, roll the pastry into a 12-by-14-inch rectangle and transfer to a large rimmed baking sheet. Arrange the apricot slices over the pastry to within an inch of the edge. Drizzle the honey over fruit, then sprinkle with cinnamon sugar and dot with the pieces of butter. Fold the pastry edge up and over the fruit to create a 1-inch border.

3. Bake the galette for about 45 minutes, until the pastry is nicely browned and crisp and the apricots are tender. Transfer the pan to a rack and let the galette cool. Serve warm or at room temperature with a dollop of creme fraiche if desired.

Variation: This tart would also be lovely with pitted cherries added in!

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