Finding ME… Amaretti Apricots with Moscato Butter Sauce

Have you ever had the feeling that you might have lost yourself?

“Finding yourself” is a funny expression.
I mean, how would one loose one’s self? 
Do you sneak away in the night when you are sleeping?
“I got lost in the moment”
Perhaps that’s when it happens.  
You got away when you were lost in the moment… 
You should really be more responsible with you.
Maybe one of those child leashes would prevent this dilemma.

I’m trying to find myself.
I don’t know how long I’ve been missing. 
I don’t know when I saw me last?
I could have made it to the border by now.
But don’t worry I have a plan.
Step 1
I hired a business coach.
She is determined to help me find me.
Step 2
Cook for me.
Cook what I love
 to eat.
This dessert was for me.
Okay,  now it’s for you.
Unapologetically,  I tell you, that I didn’t make this for a client,
for a party, brunch, or, birthday.
This adorable apricot was for me.
I licked the plate.
I think you will too – go for it, I won’t tell.
Amaretti Apricots

4 large apricots – ripe but firm
1/2 cup Italian amaretti cookies – crushed but still crumbly
1/2 cup of all purpose flour
2 Tablespoons white granulated sugar
2 Tablespoons loosely packed brown sugar
1/8 teaspoon sea salt
2 oz cold butter – cut into pea size pieces

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees- place rack in the middle of the oven
  • Cut the apricots in half and the remove the pit.
  • Take a small melon baller or spoon and carefully create a small hole in each half of the apricot – about 1/2 of an inch deep.
  • Place the apricots on a lined cookie sheet or in a shallow baking dish.
  • In a separate bowl, combine crushed cookies, flour, sugars, salt, and butter.
  • Mix in the butter into the dry ingredients by pressing together in between your thumb and fingers – mixed until just combined and the butter is evenly distributed between the dry ingredients.
  • Spoon 1 to 1 1/2 Tablespoons of the crumb filling into each of the apricots – lightly packing the filling into each of the holes.
  • Place the apricots into the oven for 30 minutes.

Sweet Moscato Butter Sauce
2 cups of apricot nectar
1 cup Moscato wine
3-4 Tablespoons of white granulated sugar
sprinkle of sea salt
2 Tablespoons unsalted cold butter

  • In a medium saute pan, reduce apricot nectar over high heat for 10 minutes – or until thickened and syrupy.
  • Add in the Moscato wine, sugar, and a sprinkle of sea salt – continue to reduce over high heat for another 6-7 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and swirl in cold butter slowly by moving the pan lightly in a counter clock wise motion. (You can also use a whisk to slowly incorporate the butter.)
  • Serve the sauce warm over baked apricots.
  • Garnish with extra crushed amaretti cookies.
  • Sauce can be reheated over low heat.
6 comments… add one
  • Cheri June 22, 2011, 1:56 am

    Louise this looks so yummy – I wish I had the ingredients to make it right now! Beautiful photos – I am having camera envy:)

  • Quyen - Kitchen Runway June 22, 2011, 6:02 am

    Looks great Louise… I think we all have moments of finding ourselves. I think it's all part of growing and evolving and hopefully becoming better versions of ourselves. 🙂 Glad you took a moment to focus on yourself… we all need some me time every now and then!

  • The Café Sucré Farine June 22, 2011, 1:32 pm

    Louise, I will pray you find the direction and purpose you are searching for – I went through something similar, too long to share here but you can read about it on my blog. It's a good thing to take the time to search, otherwise we just go through life on the surface……..and life is too precious.
    This dessert looks incredible, right up to your standards! YUM!

  • Lentil Breakdown June 22, 2011, 2:28 pm

    Girl, I like how you lay it all out there for us! No sugar-coating except for your luscious 'cots. I have some ripening now and have been thinking about filling them with crushed amaretti cookies, but I had nothing so elaborate in mind. This is visionary! And I'm glad you lick your plate clean, too. : )

  • sippitysup June 22, 2011, 5:16 pm

    Well I am certainly happy I found you. Because you are worth knowing. There is beauty in introspection and when you couple it with amazing grace and strength, as you have done here, you prove its power… GREG

  • Kim July 1, 2011, 4:18 am

    Lovely post! And these apricots are BEAUTIFUL. You're inspiring me to make a no-bake version for myself. 🙂

    [K]

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