This week's theme at I Heart Cooking Clubs is exotic spices. Yogurt with Honeyed Saffron Syrup, Almonds and Apricot Compote from Diana Henry's A Change of Appetite, featured two such spices: saffron and cardamom.
An easy, make-ahead dessert, it started with a simple compote, a slowly simmered mixture of apricots, juice (lemon, and orange in place of apple), agave syrup and water that helped to plump up the dried fruit and filled the kitchen with the heady aroma of cardamom. Honey, saffron water and orange flower water made up a sweet syrup. Both components were made the day before, allowing the flavours to develop overnight.
All that remained next day was assembly. Since a bowl of yogurt with fruit passes for breakfast around here, I changed the proportions of the dish making the juicy, spice-infused apricots the star of the dish. Served with a spoon of creamy Greek yogurt, a drizzle of saffron-honey syrup, and a sprinkle of toasted almonds, it made a light dessert with an exotic fragrance and lovely flavours. I will definitely make this again.
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