- 8 apricots, firm but ripe
- ¼ cup brown sugar
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 1 whole egg
- 1⁄8 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1⁄8 teaspoon cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
- 4 slices brioche bread (egg bread is a good substitute)
- ¼ cup melted clarified butter (or 2 tablespoons butter)
- Powdered sugar to decorate the plate
- Whipped cream (1 cup heavy cream whipped with ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract)
- 8 ounces prickly pear or mesquite bean syrup*
Heat a broiler on high for 10 minutes.
Split the apricots into halves, remove the pits and toss with the brown sugar. Place them cut side down on a cookie rack and put them under the broiler for 3 to 4 minutes, then turn the apricots and broil for 3 to 4 minutes more or until the sugar turns brown and caramelizes. Remove and keep warm. Do not leave the apricots in the oven.
Mix the heavy cream, egg, sugar and spices till smooth. Heat a nonstick skillet to medium hot and add the clarified butter (if using regular butter, turn down the heat to medium). Dip the bread into the batter and sauté in the butter for 3 to 4 minutes on each side until golden brown.
Place a piece of the toast in the center of a warm plate and top with four of the apricot halves. Drizzle with the syrup, dust with powdered sugar and serve with a dollop of whipped cream to the side of the toast. If you want to give your plate an extra flair, garnish with a sprig of fresh mint.
About this recipe
Recipe compliments of Chef John Sharpe from his book, La Posada—The Turquoise Room Cookbook: Where Tradition and Innovation Come to the Table. Orders for the book may be placed at www.theturquoiseroom.net.