Baked vanilla apricots

  • serves 4
  • Easy

Apricots play the starring role in this sun-drenched dessert. Perfect for entertaining friends and family, this fresh dessert is wonderfully simple to make.



  • unsalted butter for the dish
  • apricots 800g, halved and stoned
  • golden caster sugar 2 tbsp
  • unwaxed lemon 1, juiced and zested into strips
  • vanilla pod 1
  • sweet white wine 200 ml, such as muscat


  • Step 1

    Heat the oven to 180c/fan 160c/gas 4. Butter the inside of an ovenproof dish and add the apricots, cut-side up in a single layer and scatter the sugar over. Add the lemon juice and zest.

  • Step 2

    Split the vanilla pod in half and tuck in among the fruit. Pour over the sweet wine and cook on the middle shelf of the oven for about 40 minutes until the fruit is tender and the liquid reduced to a syrup. Serve warm with vanilla ice cream or crème fraîche.