Apricot season: Here’s how to use this fabulous fruit!

19 July, 2016

As we continue to bake our way through summer, we’ve managed to reach the middle of British apricot season! The season runs from May to September, and usually, in July, the fruit is at its finest. With this in mind, we’ve found plenty of ways you can include this sweet, affordable fruit in your baking this month, for seasonal, summery and luscious treats.

Related to peaches, these orange, golden fruits are full of antioxidants and make a healthy addition to your baking ingredients. Their velvety skin and softness adds a unique texture to a tarte, cake or biscuit, while baking this fruit produces a flavoursome, warm and juicy delight.

Apricot buttercream

 

Piece of apricot frosting with icing decorated dried apricots and walnut on white plate

Forget about cream cheese frosting for this month and instead, create a tasty topping using the fruit of the season! Great for weddings taking place throughout summer, apricot buttercream has a tangy, sweet kick and creates an underlying, subtle but distinctive taste for any cake. Made easily from apricot puree, soak the fruits in water for a few hours, bring to the boil and simmer for up to 30 minutes, leave to rest and blend. It’s really easy!

Apricot turnovers

 

freshly baked apricot turnover

Swap apple for juicy apricots to create a delicious crumbly turnover. These bakes are refreshingly filling, with soft apricot juices bursting out of a pastry heaven. We’re sure your customers won’t say no to these alternative summer bakes. Apricot turnovers are simple to bake, placing your own homemade jam or apricot preserves on a bed of puff or homemade pastry. Sell as a quick takeaway snack or as a dessert option with vanilla ice cream.

Apricot doughnuts

 

apricot-doughnuts

Want to give your customers a sophisticated doughnut? Rather than use custard or raspberry jam, bake mouthwatering doughnuts with bursts of homemade apricot preserve for a sharp yet sweet taste.  Alternatively, for ring doughnuts, bake little chunks of the fruit into the doughnut and top with apricot glaze.

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