Tangy Sweet: Addicted to Dried Apricots

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

(Image: Emma Christensen)

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