Take Time to Savor Something Sweet

August 26, 2011

In the Okanagan Valley of southern British Columbia the summers are spectacular. As the intense heat sends residents and visitors alike, to the lake to cool off, the intense rays of the sun bless and sweeten the fruit growing in the orchards that stretch out across the valley floor. Since I’m a fruit devotee, I love this time of the year when I can savor the cherries, apricots, nectarines, peaches, plums, pears and apples as we move through the dog days of summer into the crunchy days of early fall. Sometimes I feel like eating lots of fruit helps me store up for the winter months ahead when we're blanketed in snow and the summer feels like a memory from another life. 

My friend and colleague Susinn whom you’ve met before in my blog postings suggested a new dessert recipe that you can use for all different kinds of soft tree fruits and it only takes 5 minutes of preparation time. So far I’ve tried it with apricots and nectarines and although they were both good the apricot caffouti was the best.

Here’s the recipe for Apricot Caffouti
1/2c plus 1 tbsp of milk (I’m not sure why the extra tbsp of milk but I put it in anyway)
1 large egg
1 ½ tablespoons cognac (you could substitute with a tsp of vanilla)
3 tbsp sugar
3 ½ tbsp all-purpose flour (I have a sensitivity to wheat so I use spelt flour)
½ lb fresh apricots sliced ¼ inch thick (or whatever fruit you choose)

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • Cut and arrange the apricots in a buttered 8”x8” cake pan.
  • Whisk the milk, egg, cognac and sugar until combined; then add flour and blend until smooth.
  • Pour custard mixture over the apricots and bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until golden and puffed.
  • Let cool and if you like you can dust the top with icing sugar.

These days when most people have air conditioning turning on the oven doesn’t overheat the house. However, if that’s a problem you could probably use your barbeque as an oven and bake the caffouti outside. Enjoy. :~)

On the Feldenkrais front I’m working my way through a podcast of an Awareness Through Movement lesson in standing with Mia Segal   The audio isn't the best so it’s hard to hear Mia’s instructions but it’s worth the effort. I’ve been using my headset as it’s seems to amplify the sound.

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