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.

Apricot Cobbler

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

Ingredients:
F&L cobbler crust mix
¾ cups milk plus 2 tablespoons
4 cups sliced apricots
1 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 cup sugar
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 milk, stirring until dry ingredients are just moistened.

2. Bring 1 cup sugar, apricot slices, and lemon juice to a boil over high heat, stirring constantly. Pour the fruit 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 the cobbler warm or cool.

Strawberry-Rhubarb Crisp

A quick and easy dessert—simply toss strawberries and rhubarb with the following ingredients, then sprinkle with our signature crisp topping.

Ingredients:
2 cups rhubarb, washed and chopped
4 cups strawberries, washed and sliced
1¼ cups sugar
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1-2 tablespoons of butter
F&L almond crisp topping

Method:
1. Preheat the oven to 375°.

2. Toss the rhubarb and strawberries with sugar and cornstarch. Place in oven safe dish and add butter dabs to the top.

3. Sprinkle the fruit crisp topping evenly over the fruit, covering it completely. Bake until the topping is lightly browned and the fruit is bubbling.

Lemon Olive Oil Cake

This rustic cake has a slightly-crunchy texture courtesy of polenta and is beautifully flavored by olive oil.

Ingredients:
Farm & Larder lemon olive oil cake mix
½ cup olive oil
1 cup milk or buttermilk
2 large eggs
1 tablespoon finely grated lemon peel
¾ teaspoon vanilla extract
¾ cup crème fraîche or whipped cream

Method:
1. Preheat the oven to 350°. Grease a 9-inch cake pan or cast iron skillet with 2-inch sides with some of the olive oil.

2. Whisk together milk or buttermilk, eggs, lemon peel, vanilla, and olive oil. Pour the cake mix into this milk mixture and fold together with a spatula until just combined; do not over-mix. Scrape batter into greased pan and spread evenly.

3. Bake for 30 minutes, or until a cake tester comes out clean and cake pulls away from sides of pan. Immediately run a knife around edge of cake, and turn cake out onto a cooling rack. Allow cake to cool before cutting.

4. To serve, slice cake into wedges and top with your choice of fresh berries and a generous dollop of crème fraîche.

For optional cake glaze: Combine ¾ cup powdered sugar and 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice, adding more lemon juice if needed. Drop by spoonfuls over cake after it has been placed on cooling rack, spreading within half an inch of the cake’s sides.

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