open apricot sandwich

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It was a very hot summer day when I found a recipe for baked apricots & a resulting sandwich on Instagram. Jamie Oliver had the idea … I was inspired & decided to give it a try.

A juicy savoury sandwich seemed a good approach to a hot summer day – although you’ll need the oven … Also I decided to add some bits and bobs depending on the stock in my fridge.

Can you imagine what happened also during that morning?
I got my very 1st fashion catalogue for the season 2022/23 – autumn & winter.

I looked in my garden where the sun heated up all the plants & flowers: we had about 34° C in early afternoon. Definitely no starting point for looking at woolly jumpers or whatever!

However, coming back to my apricots …

(I made quite a lot of baked apricots & used them for an open sandwich, but most of the rest ended up w/ Greek yoghurt for breakfast …)

I had about 500 g apricots in my fridge: for a start this might be ok – although on Instagram it was about 1000 g in the recipe.

I happened to have an organic orange & fresh thyme sprigs. Vanilla sugar is always in my pantry.

I peeled the orange: you’ll need very thin stripes. Afterwards I pressed the juice.

The apricots were rather sweet, also the vanilla sugar, but the orange juice added a tangy edge. If you are not so fond of tangy edges just reduce the amount of orange juice (e. g. take only about 50%!) or skip it.

I oiled a casserole w/ a dash of olive oil & put the sprigs of thyme on the bottom.

Then I arranged the trimmed & pitted apricots which I had halved. Just add the orange zest, the orange juice & the vanilla sugar … & put it in the over for about 30 min at 175° C fan. (No preheating required!)

Finally rescue all the apricots & the resulting juice – discard the orange zest & the thyme.

Let it cool down … a little!

Coming to the sandwich: I had rather big slices of brown bread which I spread generously w/ goat cheese, the cream cheese version. (It is essential that you are not tight w/ goat cheese!)

I opted for goat cheese because I thought that the fresh sharp flavor of the cheese would fit together w/ the juicy, rather sweet apricots.

To add some salty bits I worked w/ Italian prosciutto crudo, I happened to have in my fridge. Just tear 1 or 2 thin slices apart & add to the sandwich.

On top there are the baked apricots: take 2-3 for each half. Add some goat cheese & some thyme leaves (mainly for decoration!) – ready.

Enjoy!

apricot sandwich
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Servings: 1
ingredients:
for the baked apricots:
  • 500 g apricots (before trimming & pitting)
  • 16 g vanilla sugar (2 packets)
  • 1 organic orange (juice & zest)
  • 8-10 sprigs of fresh thyme
  • a dash of olive oil
for the sandwich:
  • 1 slice brown bread
  • 75 g goat cheese (cream cheese)
  • 2-3 slices Italian prosciutto crudo
  • 4-6 baked apricots
equipment:
  • casserole (20 x 20 cm)
how to:
for the baked apricots:
  • Peel the organic orange roughly, but very thin. Press the juice.
  • Clean the sprigs of thyme.
  • Add a dash of olive il to the casserole & distribute. Add the thyme.
  • Trim & pit the apricots. Cut them into halves & align in the casserole.
  • Add the orange juice & the orange peel.
  • Scatter the vanilla sugar all over the apricots.
  • Bake in the oven for about 30 min at 175° C fan (no preheating required!).
  • Discard the thyme & the orange peel.
  • Put the baked apricots & the resulting juice in a bowl – let it cool down.
for the sandwich:
  • Spread the goat cheese all over the slice of bread.
  • Pull the Italian prosciutto crudo to pieces & add to the sandwich.
  • Add 4-6 baked apricots & dress up w/ some more goat cheese & some fresh thyme leaves.
Notes
The baked apricots may be warm when added to the sandwich.
When cutting the slice of bread into halves the sandwich may be a starter for 2.
Store the baked apricots in the fridge for further use.

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