Apricot Blossom Bites

DSC01970Today I bring you all a little sunshine, because we need it, don’t we? What a long and cold winter this has been, and the overcast days keep rolling in. Two weeks ago, I escaped to Miami with Himself while a dear friend watched the children for us. We needed that sunny break, and I needed some rejuvenation, and to rest my arm. The sun felt great! One of my favorite souvenirs to seek out while vacationing is new food ideas, and this little one I picked up on Valentine’s Day at Publix. The Publix employees were all a buzz getting ready for Valentine’s Day while the cheesemonger lady was doing her best to keep up with the demand of romantic fruit and cheese trays when I saw her grab a dried apricot, cut a little slit in it, pipe in some mascarpone cheese and dip it into roasted chopped pistachios. Then she did the best thing ever. She handed it to me to taste. My knees buckled, and I new right away I would share this ideas with you. So go make these, tons of them. For Easter. For Mother’s Day. Then come back here and thank me for going to Miami for some sunshine.

TIP- You can use a pastry bag to fill the dried apricots with the Mascarpone cheese, but I was able to quickly fill a bunch with a baby spoon, you know the tiny ones with the long handle that you used to feed your babies? I think the baby spoon has been one of my favorite secret weapons in the kitchen. Keep one in your kitchen drawer and you will find it to be handy in filling small pastries and dried fruit, hulling strawberries, making small dollops of cream, and the list goes on.

Here is another super simple idea Coconut Cream Dipped Strawberries with Toasted Coconut

6 Comments

  1. Posted March 5, 2013 at 7:52 AM | Permalink

    Robin, my Publix was not making these, but I know I will love them!! You know that baby spoon…it works great in a caper jar also!! 😉

    • Robin Sue
      Posted March 5, 2013 at 8:38 AM | Permalink

      Yes great idea about the caper jar, and I think that skinny horseradish jar too. Thanks for the tip!!

  2. Posted March 7, 2013 at 9:18 AM | Permalink

    i love it when fancy stuff is easy to pull off. 🙂

  3. kathleen ferrari
    Posted March 16, 2013 at 4:18 PM | Permalink

    I just came across this, while looking for a recipe for irish soda bread. Looks amazing..can’t wait to read more.

  4. Sophia
    Posted March 26, 2013 at 8:36 PM | Permalink

    We make something very similar. Slit the apricot and stuff with a walnut piece and a bit of blue cheese. A wine bar in NYC serves these for wine tasting. Very good.

    I plan on trying your version soon. We are always looking for tasty and easy appetizers to serve to friends. Thanks for the post.

    • Robin Sue
      Posted March 26, 2013 at 8:44 PM | Permalink

      Oh your version sounds wonderful too- thank you for sharing it!

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