Rooibos Poached Apricots with Thyme
Prep time: 5 mins
Cook time: 6 mins
Total time: 11 mins
  • 7-8 apricots (ripe but not too soft)
  • ⅓ cup honey
  • 4 cardamom pods
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 rooibos tea bags
  • 3 sprigs fresh thyme
Optional Garnish:
  • fresh thyme sprigs
  • lemon zest
  1. Heat water until steamy hot either in a pot or in the microwave and add the tea bags. Let steep for about 3 minutes then remove and discard the tea bags.
  2. Slice each of your apricots in half and remove the seed in the center. If they don't easily open then slice them all the way around twist and open them, like an avocado.
  3. In a medium sized sauce pan bring the tea to a boil then whisk in the honey. Once it's boiling and the honey is entirely incorporated add the cardamom pods.
  4. Place your apricot halves cut side down in the boiling tea in a single layer so that none are on top of each other and each are touching the bottom of the pan. Reduce the heat to a simmer, add the thyme sprigs, and simmer for 3-6 minutes depending on how ripe your apricots are. The more ripe the less time you need to simmer them. You want them soft but not falling apart.
  5. Remove the apricots with a slotted spoon and place them in a bowl to serve. Increase the heat on the poaching liquid and boil it, stirring often, until it's reduce by about half and has a syrup consistency.
  6. Pour the syrup over your poached apricots and serve with a little bit of the syrup drizzled over each individual serving. Serve by themselves or with ice cream, full fat yogurt, or mascarpone.
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