Turkish Fairy Food - Sweet Filled Apricots

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"This Turkish appetizer is sweet and creamy - just right for a dinner party or afternoon tea. Start it the night before to soften up the apricots. There are three options for the stuffing, kaymak is the most traditional, while marscapone makes a great substitute. Some use strained Greek yogurt called labneh for this job (regular Greek yogurt will be too runny) - consider sweetening it with a little honey if you want to cut the tart flavor a bit. Source: Global Table Adventure"

Original is 5 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (192.2 g)
  • Calories 238.8
  • Total Fat - 8.7 g
  • Saturated Fat - 3.7 g
  • Cholesterol - 15.9 mg
  • Sodium - 209.4 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 32.9 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 1.5 g
  • Sugars - 29.4 g
  • Protein - 9.3 g
  • Calcium - 269.9 mg
  • Iron - 0.5 mg
  • Vitamin C - 8 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.1 mg

Step by Step Method

Step 1

Soak apricots in a bowl of cold water for 8 hours (or overnight). Keep in the fridge. In the morning they will be plump.

Step 2

Drain off the soaking water into a small saucepan - there should be about a cup of liquid. If not, add a little water to make up the difference.

Step 3

Add sugar and simmer for 10 minutes, stirring until the sugar dissolves and the mixture thickens slightly.

Step 4

Remove the pan from the heat and add reserved apricots. Let sit in the syrup until cool to the touch (or until needed). The syrup will make the apricots shiny.

Step 5

Peel apricots halfway open and stuff with kaymak, marscapone, or Greek yogurt. You may find a few of the apricots are a little too soft - enjoy those while you work! For stuffing, use a piping bag, although a spoon work work as well.

Step 6

Garnish with crushed pistachios and enjoy!


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