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  1. Conor @ HoldtheBeef

    This reminds me of the time I made some pizza dough in my bread maker, then when all the appropriate time had passed and I was ready to make the pizza I discovered I had failed to put in the yeast. I think my story is sadder than yours though, as I had no pizza OR vanilla poached apricots and I probably didn’t have any clean clothes either given my tendency to get flour all over myself when I get anywhere near it in the kitchen.

    Also, hello again. I’m back in the land of the reading :)

  2. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella

    Ooh that happens to me a lot, especially if it looks hard but isn’t. I’m a big believer in recipes that look like they took a village to make them but are easy :P

  3. adele

    This one is definitely bookmarked :)

  4. Johanna GGG

    I love your bowl, I love your photos and I love apricots but I was so excited to see a recipe with apricots because I thought they would be fresh – oh well!

    I was excited because I bought the best ever fresh apricots this weekend and am just in love with apricots all over again – I did look for recipes and then I just ate them all by themselves. They were so good. But I love dried apricots too so I am quite prepared to believe that this dish is heaven – honestly it look amazing

  5. Monique @ Cooksploits

    I love your post (especially the bit about the laundry detergent- I hate when that happens!).

  6. The Food Mentalist

    Yum!
    I absolutely adore apricots, particularly recipes where they are stewed! Im definitely going to make this, thanks :)

  7. Louise

    Oh good on you for starting the cookbook challenge. I briefly toyed with the idea of doing that, but knew that I’d never be up to it. Glad to see that you’re giving it a crack. I’m looking forward to reading all your posts. Interesting one this. I enjoy dried apricots much more than fresh apricots generally, and have done an occasional poached apricot in the past. They are of course low GI too which is a bonus. This sort of compote is delicious on porridge of course (if you can bear not having the usual toppings). I hope to try this one. I hate it when cookbooks over estimate the number of servings.

    1. whisperinggums

      I’m with you Louise – not a big fan of fresh apricots. It’s something about the texture I think. Give me peaches, plums or nectarines any day. I used to dislike cooked dried apricots too once – but I’ve come around to them – the intensity of their flavour is great. I particularly like them in Middle eastern meat dishes …

      Great to see the bowl used so soon Hannah … it looks very pretty, even if I do say so myself.

  8. GirlonRaw

    This looks yummy and reminds me of a raw peach dish I make with vanilla flavour that the hubs LOVES for breakfast or dessert. Love the idea of rose water which is in ABUNDANCE in my part of the world. I think they even bathe in it.

  9. pigflyin

    I was looking around for recipe to use up about 10 cute pinkish bottom pretty apricots in my fridge… and I am feeling lazy. Don’t like this, don’t like that … I have pistachio and apricot, don’t know what to do…I was thinking of saffron…

    And your post just pop into my RSS reader and bob’s your uncle, I love it. Rose water in cupboard, check!

    Your choice recipe sounded just right and the execution looks perfect! Dessert tomorrow.

    Thanks Hannah. Good luck on the challenge!

  10. Amber Shea @Almost Vegan

    I think that all the time about short-ingredient-list recipes. Sometimes, I’m right to doubt. Other times, I’m so very wrong. Looks like I would’ve been wrong with this one!

    What a neat challenge! I spy some weeks for which I’m already looking forward to your posts ;) I might even want to join in on the fun…though I’m afraid of committing and then not wanting or being able to follow through…hmm =/

  11. Kate (What Kate is Cooking)

    Bookmarked! That is an awesome challenge.

  12. Jess: cheshirekitykat

    Love this! I did a apricot paste with rosemary shortbread thingy that I adapted from David Lebovitz a few months ago. This preparation reminds me of that sans shortbread.

  13. Lisa (bakebikeblog)

    This made me want to reach into my computer and take a spoonful! How wonderful indeed :)

  14. Ashley @ Thefitacademic

    I love your sense of humor! Its funny because you don’t always know if it comes across in the blog-world, ya know? Good stuff!

  15. Kath Lockett

    I remember the time I was busy gathering up dirty clothes from various rooms of the house ready to sling ‘em into the hamper in the laundry on the way to the toilet but ended up lifting the lid of the loo, and….

    ….let’s just say it was a good thing I wisened up before squatting over the hamper!

    And if you’re not sickened already, I would like to say that this recipe looks delicious – even from someone who used to cut up apricots in half for drying on wooden trays as her summer holiday job for five years and still gets a teeny weeny bit queasy at the smell of hot, squished apricots…..

  16. Priyanka

    This is just amazing. I never actually loved apricots that much, but a while back I made some apricot tarts and since then I’ve converted!

  17. Leigh

    Yay! You’ve finally joined all us silly folk. Looks absolutely gorgeous and I love your bowl.

  18. Anna Johnston

    You go girl with your poachin’ schmochin’ apricots, the colours are pretty nifty, in fact it all looks so rich ‘n tasty I’d say this is a winner :)
    Good luck with your cookbook challenge too, sounds fun.

  19. Jonathon Clarke

    Haha! A banana resting on a rock?? You never fail to crack me up! :)

  20. Tori @ eat-tori

    These look gorgeous-think I would really love to have them over yogurt for breakfast….

  21. msihua

    oOoOooo.. you’ve entered the cookbook challenge!! Yayy! I have not.. hahaha… bananas on rock… hahahahaha (stupid homer face)

  22. Joyti

    Yes, I know the feeling of finding that amazing, perfect, unexpected combo of flavors. I personally really love apricots with matcha tea and mascarpone. Those vanilla-poached apricots look amazing!

  23. Helen (grabyourfork)

    I’m not a huge fan of apricot jam (let’s call it trauma by relentless Turkish continental breakfasts) but I’d dip my spoon into this one.

    And lol, I raise your washing powder mishap with a complete absence of clothes in the machne. Usually I dissolve the washing powder first before I add the clothes, but once I was so distracted it was already on spin by the time I remembered. lol.

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  25. Lauren

    Speaking of short ingredient lists… on the Food Network website, Paula Deen has a recipe for “English Peas”: two cans of peas, one stick of butter.

    It has become popular to comment on the dish with food blog stereotypes, with things like: “Since I didn’t have any peas or butter, I made slight alterations: one cup peanut butter, one egg, one cup sugar. It was delicious!”

  26. Camille

    I think the answer to the question of “how did these few ingredients amke such an amazing flavor?” lies solely with the Leatherwood honey. There’s nothing like it.

  27. Agnes

    You’re missing the cream. ;)

  28. Alisa Fleming

    I’m just catching up on blog reading (way behind!) and must comment that this looks amazing, short recipe or not, I must agree. Of course stone fruit is out of season where I’m at, but this one is worth bookmarking for later!

    Rosewater isn’t something I keep on hand, but I keep seeing it in recipes, so I should probably pick some up!

  29. penny aka jeroxie

    I do have apricots in my fridge and I have plenty of vanilla pods….. this makes a great spread for tea cakes.

  30. Kayla @ Fitterthanchoc

    Wow ! This looks amazing! And the best thing is it’s gluten-free, and dairy-free – just the perfect recipe for people with multiple food intolerances. I was initially perplexed by the use of rosewater in this recipe because I thought it’s a beauty product. But after googling it, I realized how silly I was. Learnt something new today:)

  31. Queenotisblue

    I love apricots, they’re my favourite stone fruit. Do you think this recipe would work with fresh apricots?

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  33. Heidi - Apples Under My Bed

    stunning pictures! this looks positively perfect. I will try this recipe, thanks!
    Heidi xo

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