We're not sure what's come over us, but recently we've been eating dried apricots by the bagful. We just can't seem to get enough of their chewy texture and tangy-sweet flavor. They're great on their own, of course, but also we keep finding more ways to use them in our everyday cooking.
• Quick Appetizer - Ever tried dried apricots with a dab of blue cheese and an almond? This has become one of our favorite pre-dinner snacks!
• Salads - We're all about texture in salads, and chewy apricots are just the thing to round out a salad of crisp lettuce, gooey cheese, and tender nuts. We give them a rough chop before tossing them in.
• Baking - We recently made these oatmeal clafoutis bars and added nearly half a bag of dried apricots. We love the pockets of tangy flavor in nearly every bite. We're also thinking of mixing some dried apricots into a batch of these chewy chocolate cookies.
• Breakfast - This is an oldie-but-goodie. In the dead of winter, dried apricots sprinkled into our morning granola or oatmeal is like a little ray of summer sun.
If your apricots are a little on the dry and leathery side, reconstitute them in a cup of hot water for five minutes before using them. They'll plump right up and be a little easier to chew.
What do you like to do with dried apricots?
Related: How to Dry Fruit in the Oven
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