No reminiscences from me on this one. Sadly, apricot season has long passed us by, here in Florida. I used peaches, nectarines, and black plums, and then did an apricot glaze because I do so love apricot jam and it only seemed appropriate having left them out. Also out of stock were the butter cookies recommended, so I used leibniz instead, which was a simple substitution. But seriously. Much of our fruit, including peaches, are coming from California. I do not understand this. I mean, Georgia is right next door. Hello? Peaches? GEORGIA??? I passed by a roadside fruit stand over the weekend. If I can recall where I saw it I will have to stop this coming weekend.
Anyway, I made the dough on Friday evening and then finished this on Sunday, so it is always nice when something is so simple. I know one ought to just heap the fruit into the center of the dough, but I really love a more elegant presentation of the fruit against the ruggedness of the dough. Plus, I had time to kill while I was waiting for the oven to pre-heat. I served this with a little whipped cream.
I might go so far as to say that if you don’t have amazing fruit, this recipe might not be worth it. It is front and center, the true star of the show. Some of my fruit was… well… it was what you might expect from fruit that has travelled 3000 miles to get to you. It was a little tart (even with the extra sugar) which took away from the sweet, juicy, run-down-your-fa e, amazing, summertime stone fruitiness of it. I might have to skip the next CTBF challenge if I can’t find local apricots. I am not sure it would be worth it to substitute. It really does make a big difference. Before we moved, there was all sorts of abundant stone fruit… I had coworkers that would just bring me bushels of apricots and plums from their own trees, and it was the sort of thing you really looked forward to because it was that good. We get different produce here… citrus and mangos. Anyway, it was good but I think the lack of amazing fruit tempered it for me. Maybe I am just being high maintenance? I will let the reader decide. 😎