I had two recipes ready but I didn't know which post first, I finally chose the apricot one because it is new for those from the northern hemisphere who are waiting for their spring.
I know you have had a lot of snow and cold time but the good weather will come.
There were quite a few apricots this year but as you know it's a short season so the first thing I made was jam and then this apricot cake which was delicious.
I hope you can make this recipe, you can also make it with peaches or other fruit you like.
Source : halfcupmeasure.com
homemade apricots jam
Austrian apricot Cake
8 fresh apricots (or canned apricots)
1/2 cup butter room temperature
1 cup granulated sugar
3 large eggs separated
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 teaspoons lemon zest
pinch of salt
1 1/2 cup all purpose flour
1/4 icing sugar for dusting
1/4 cup apricot jam
1 tablespoon of water
Preheat oven to 180°c (350° F) and line a square baking pan with parchmente paper ( leave some hanging over the side for easy removal.)
Wash and remove the pits from eight ripe apricots . Set aside.
Or use canned apricots
In a large bowl beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
Add the eggs yolks, one at a time scrapíng down the bowl between additions .
Beat in the vanilla and lemon zest.
In another bowl add the egg whites and pinch of salt. Whip until stiff peaks form .
Add the flour to the egg yolk mixture, folding until just incorporated.
Add the one third of the egg whites folding vigorously.
Add the remaining egg whites and fold gently until just incorporated.
Spread batter evenly in the prepared baking pan.
Top with apricot halves. Do not press the fruit into the batter, the cake will rise around it.
Bake about 40 minutes or until the cake is golden and springs back.
For extra aprricot flavour brush the apricots with warm apricot glaze when the cake comes out of the oven.
To make the glaze warm the apricots jam with the water and brush on the fruit with a pastry brush,
Allow the cake to cool, then dust with icing sugar before cutting and serving.
Cake de damascos
home made apricot jam
Our apricots tree