Apricot slices

by | Jul 21, 2015 | Desserts

The sweet and tart apricot is in season in July, however, due to drought, this year’s yield is lower than usual in Hungary. Inspite of that I managed to find luscious, tree-ripened apricots on the market. I just wanted to make a simple, quick dessert that can be enjoyed after a light summer lunch.

Although we Hungarians prefer metric units when baking and cooking are concerned, even so, there are certain recipes that use cup as a unit of measure. Apricot slice is a typical one-bowl dessert, there won’t be a pile of dirty dishes in the kitchen sink after preparing it. The cake’s consistency is ideal, not dry, not terribly sweet, the juicy apricots melt into the batter – it’s fabulously delicious.

Apricot slices
Apricot slices – photo: zserbo.com

1 cup = 250 ml

  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1-2/3 cups sour cream
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 tbsp (15 g) baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 500 g (~1 lb) apricots
  • 2 tbsp sugar -> sprinkle over top

Preheat the oven to 200°C / 392°F.

Place flour, sugar, salt, eggs, sour cream, oil and baking powder in a bowl and whisk until well combined.
Pour the batter in a greased-floured baking pan (approx. 30×35 cm).

Cut the apricots into pieces and lay them skin side down onto the batter.

Scatter sugar over the top.

Bake for 30-35 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean.

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Hungarian cottage cheese

This is what Hungarian túró looks like

You often ask me what kind of cottage cheese (or curd cheese or farmer's cheese - call it what you want) I use in the recipes. In Hungary the store-bought cottage cheese is dry and crumbly as you can see in the picture. So if a recipe calls for túró, I mean this type. If you can't obtain túró, you can try to make your own from whole milk. Click on the link below.

Metric system vs cup

In Hungary metric units are in use, all the recipes on this website are based on this system, so a kitchen scale is necessary. Since I’m not familiar with cup as a measurement unit, I convert grams to cups by using an online converter. The values in brackets, therefore, are only approximate volumes, so, please, double-check them before you start cooking.

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