Two Delicious Recipes Using Apricot Butter
Apricot butter is a delightful and versatile spread that can be used in a variety of culinary creations. Made from fresh apricots, it's a sweet and fruity spread that's perfect for both sweet and savory dishes. In this blog post, we'll explore two delicious recipes that feature apricot butter as a key ingredient. Whether you're a seasoned chef or a kitchen novice, these recipes are sure to impress your taste buds and those of your friends and family.
Recipe 1: Apricot Glazed Chicken
- 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
- 1/2 cup apricot butter
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 teaspoon ginger, grated
- 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes (adjust to taste)
- Salt and black pepper to taste
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- Fresh parsley, for garnish
In a bowl, whisk together the apricot butter, soy sauce, minced garlic, grated ginger, red pepper flakes, salt, and black pepper. This will be your apricot glaze.
Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Season the chicken breasts with a bit of salt and black pepper and add them to the skillet. Cook for 4-5 minutes on each side or until they're fully cooked and golden brown.
Pour the apricot glaze over the cooked chicken breasts and reduce the heat to medium. Let it simmer for an additional 2-3 minutes, allowing the glaze to thicken and coat the chicken.
Once the chicken is nicely glazed and cooked through, transfer it to a serving platter.
Garnish with fresh parsley and serve the apricot glazed chicken with your choice of side dishes. Rice, couscous, or a simple salad make excellent accompaniments.
Recipe 2: Apricot Butter Thumbprint Cookies
For the cookies:
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1 egg yolk
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Pinch of salt
For the apricot filling:
- 1/4 cup apricot butter
- 2 tablespoons powdered sugar
Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
In a mixing bowl, cream together the softened butter and granulated sugar until it's light and fluffy. Add the egg yolk and vanilla extract, and mix until well combined.
In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour and a pinch of salt. Gradually add this dry mixture to the wet mixture and mix until a soft dough forms.
Shape the dough into 1-inch balls and place them on the prepared baking sheet. Use your thumb or the back of a spoon to make an indentation in the center of each cookie.
In a small bowl, mix the apricot butter and powdered sugar until well combined. Spoon a small amount of the apricot filling into the center of each cookie.
Bake the cookies in the preheated oven for about 12-15 minutes, or until they're golden around the edges.
Allow the cookies to cool on the baking sheet for a few minutes, then transfer them to a wire rack to cool completely.
Apricot butter is a versatile and delicious ingredient that can be used to enhance both sweet and savory dishes. Whether you're preparing a mouthwatering apricot glazed chicken or indulging in apricot butter thumbprint cookies, this delightful spread adds a fruity and sweet note to your meals. Give these recipes a try and enjoy the unique and delightful flavor of apricot butter in your cooking.
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