One of my favorites things is when I have a seed of an idea that works it's way as I muddle through, to a blossom of a recipe!
So here's a simple idea that just turned out to be spectacular. Having made at least 4 times since Memorial day weekend & taught it at my Great American Desserts workshop just before 4th of July, I'm ready to state that it is past testing phases and ready to share.
A cake base that is the usual combination of butter, sugar eggs & flour but with the addition of chopped up candied orange peels come together into a thick cookie like dough and baked at the bottom of the cake pan, ever so slightly.
Meanwhile, an easy peasy custard is whipped up with eggs, vanilla (pure of course!), shredded coconut, a teensy bit of flour and cream.
Poured right over the slightly baked base, topped with super ripe apricot halves and baked until it sets.
Cool, cut into wedges and serve. Simple or what?!
I have much to be grateful to Mr. Hubby's co-workers for; they have over the years stoically borne the fruits of my 'straight off the press' recipes and even take a moment to send lovely comments like this one via hubby;
"My compliments to the chef. This cake is FANTASTIC!"
Trust me when I tell you, you won't find a better way to glorify summer apricots and irrespective, this one's a keeper!
So I hope you'll give it a go while apricots are still hot on the market stands.
The picture of the cake, on the way to Mr. Hubby's office is incredibly less flattering that the final product and I was so hoping to get a nice pic for the website of a nice cut wedge, but the cake pan returned at the end of the day with not a crumb left.
I'm taking it as a win and moving forward.