Apricot season is a short one so I make Grilled Apricots with Cinnamon , Ricotta and Honey as often as I can.
Mother nature is just killing me! Just when I think we are in a wave of warm weather, we get a boat load of rain. I'm hoping the April showers bring May flowers.
When is apricot season?
The one thing I love about spring is the fresh fruit I can't get at any other time of year. I can't wait to go on an apricot kick as the season starts in late April to early May. They seem to only be around for a month so I plan to buy as many as I can in that short time period and make plenty of grilled apricots.
Apricots have been around for over 4000 years and originated from China. Today, the US is the largest apricot grower with most production and storage happening in California.
The vitamin A, vitamin C, iron, and potassium in apricots make them super healthy. They also are a great source of fiber. The fruit is best when it is yellow to orange in color and slightly softened but still firm to the touch. If your apricots need a bit more ripening, grilling them will soften and sweeten them so you don't even notice if they are a bit under ripe.
Why grilled apricots?
This dessert (or even breakfast) is a perfect light ending to a meal. The apricots can be grilled in advance then slightly warmed in the microwave. Just a little bit of grilling, brings out the natural sweetness of the fruit. I like to get some light grill marks on the apricots as this caramelizes the natural sugar and makes them really yummy.
These babies get dressed up with cinnamon, ricotta and honey for a nice light dessert. I use the fresh ricotta from Trader Joes's. It's so creamy and good.
This is my kind of desert. I've always loved apricots as they are but now I love them even more!
Grilled Apricots with Cinnamon, Ricotta and Honey
- 1 Tablespoon butter
- 6 apricots pitted and halved
- 1 cup ricotta cheese
- 2 Tablespoons honey
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- Melt butter on medium heat in a large non- stick pan. Gill apricots face down for 4 to 5 minutes or until they start to soften. Turn and cook for another few minutes.
- Place on a platter and fill each half with ricotta cheese. Drizzle honey on each and sprinkle with cinnamon.