Sweet and Nutty: Apricot Dessert with Pistachio Praline

Welcome, food lovers! I am thrilled to share with you my recipe for apricots with pistachio praline. This is a delightful and unique dessert that combines the sweetness of dried and fresh apricots with the nutty and rich flavor of pistachios.

As you may already know, apricots are a versatile fruit that can be used in a variety of dishes ranging from cakes, tarts, and galettes, to savory creations like stuffed apricots. However, this recipe takes the basic ingredient combination to a whole new level by adding the irresistible texture and taste of homemade pistachio praline.

The praline is made from roasted and caramelized pistachios merged together with layers of sugar syrup, creating an extravagant texture that pairs perfectly with apricots. Once completed, it can be stored in an airtight container to add crunch and flavor to various dishes or eaten alone, as a caramel delight.

I have always believed that food is not only about the ingredients and the method but also about the experience that comes with every dish. The delightful feeling of biting into soft and warm poached apricots combined with crunchy pistachio praline surrounded by creamy creme fraiche and topped off with a sprinkle of black peppercorns will leave your taste buds endlessly dancing.

So, let’s get ready to indulge in this heavenly dessert! You will love every part of it – its sweet aroma, its smooth texture, its crunchy bits! Trust me when I say that after making this dish once, you will have everyone begging you for more.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Apricots With Pistachio Praline
Apricots With Pistachio Praline

Welcome, foodies! I am ecstatic to share with you the Apricots with Pistachio Praline recipe. This dessert is undoubtedly an ode to decadence, epitomizing the art of combining classic flavors to create a unique and memorable dish.

What’s not to love about this recipe? Picture beautiful fresh apricots that are poached in a blend of black peppercorns and cardamom pods, giving them a fragrant, savory touch. The dried apricots add an entirely new dimension of texture and flavor that’s sweet, tangy, and bold. The star of the show, the pistachio praline, is remarkable with caramelized sugar and the crunch and saltiness from the pistachio nuts is beyond divine.

If you’re not convinced yet, this dish has several variations that cater to your taste preferences! You can substitute the apricots with other stone fruits like peaches or nectarines. You can also switch up the spice profile by using ingredients like saffron or rosemary.

Furthermore, this dish is incredibly versatile when it comes to serving options. You can present it as a stuffed apricot dessert with mouth-watering chocolate bark for an indulgent sweet treat during celebrations or special occasions. If you want something simpler, try sprinkling pistachio praline on top of your favorite morning oatmeal or yogurt for a breakfast of champions.

Lastly, this recipe is easy-to-follow, making it accessible to everyone. You don’t need culinary expertise to ace this dessert; all you need is basic cooking skills! Trust me; once you make this Apricots with Pistachio Praline recipe, it will become your go-to dessert for every meal occasion!

So go ahead and add some sweetness and satisfaction to your life – try out this heavenly dish today!

Ingredient List

 Sweet and nutty: the perfect combination
Sweet and nutty: the perfect combination

Let’s start with the ingredient list for this delicious Apricots with Pistachio Praline recipe. Below are all the ingredients you will need to make this dessert that’s perfect for late summer evenings.

Here are the ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup of granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons of water
  • 6 cardamom pods, cracked
  • 1/3 cup of caster sugar
  • 6 pistachio nuts, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon of black peppercorns, crushed
  • dried apricots (about 20 pieces)
  • cream fraiche, to serve

You can find most of these ingredients in your pantry, and if not, you can easily find them at your local grocery store. The combination of cardamom pod with black pepper infuses a fragrant flavor throughout the dish that perfectly complements the sweetness of apricots and crunch of the Pistachio Praline.

Now that we have all the ingredients together, let’s move on to the recipe instructions.

The Recipe How-To

 Vibrant apricots, ready to be paired with pistachios
Vibrant apricots, ready to be paired with pistachios

Now that we have gathered all our ingredients, it’s time to bring this Apricots with Pistachio Praline Recipe to life.

Step 1: Making the Pistachio Praline

  • First, we need to make the pistachio praline. In a medium-sized pan, over medium heat, add granulated sugar and water. Stir the mixture until sugar dissolves.
  • Once the sugar is dissolved, stop stirring and bring the mixture to a boil. Let it boil until it turns into caramel and starts changing color.
  • Add 1/2 cup of coarsely chopped pistachio nuts to the caramel and immediately mix them well.
  • Transfer the mixture onto a piece of parchment paper or a silicon mat to cool down until hard. Once cool, chop into small pieces for garnishing later.

Step 2: Poaching the Apricots

  • In another pan, place dried apricots and add just enough water to cover them. Add caster sugar, 2 crushed black peppercorns, and 2 cracked cardamom pods to the pan.
  • Bring the mixture to a boil and then reduce heat to low. Simmer gently for 30 minutes, or until apricots are tender and plump.
  • Take out from heat and let cool in its syrup.

Step 3: Serving

  • In individual serving plates, place a dollop of creme fraiche with poached apricots on top.
  • Garnish with chopped pistachio praline pieces and enjoy!

Cooking Tips

  • You can substitute dried apricots with fresh ones but reduce cooking time as they cook much quicker.
  • For those who enjoy a bit of spice you can add a tiny pinch of ground chili flakes into your pistachio praline recipe for an added kick.
  • If you have leftover poached apricots, store them in an airtight container along with their syrup in the fridge for up to four days.

With these simple steps plus my tips & tricks, you’ll have an enjoyable dish that’s perfect for any season!

Substitutions and Variations

 Fancy yet effortless: Apricots with Pistachio Praline
Fancy yet effortless: Apricots with Pistachio Praline

I absolutely adore this Apricots with Pistachio Praline recipe, but there may be some ingredient substitutions and variations you want to consider to suit your own taste preferences or ingredient availability. Here are a few ideas:

– Instead of using pistachios for the praline, try substituting almonds or hazelnuts. You could even mix in a variety of nuts for a more complex flavor!

– If you don’t have creme fraiche, substitute it with whipped cream or mascarpone cheese. Both these options add a tangy and slightly sweet taste that complements the Apricots with Pistachio Praline beautifully.

– For a spicy twist on this recipe, add fresh ginger, nutmeg, or cinnamon to the poaching liquid. These aromatic spices have a warm and distinctive flavor that will enhance the sweetness and fruitiness of the apricots.

– Add a bit of lemon zest or lemon juice to the poaching liquid, which brightens up the color and flavor of the apricots. It works well with both pistachio and almond praline.

– You can also use other stone fruits like peaches, nectarines, plums or cherries in place of apricots. These fruits have similar textures and flavors that blend perfectly with nuts.

The Apricots with Pistachio Praline is so versatile; don’t be afraid to experiment with flavors and textures! With every variation, the dish will take on a new texture and taste that is sure to delight your palate.

Serving and Pairing

 A recipe fit for a king or queen
A recipe fit for a king or queen

Picture this – a plate of juicy apricots, drizzled with caramelized sugar and sprinkled with crunchy pistachio praline. It’s a delightful summer dessert that’s perfect for any dinner party or gathering.

To serve, simply arrange the poached apricots on a platter and sprinkle with the homemade pistachio praline for added crunch and sweetness. For those who enjoy a little bit of heat, add a touch of black peppercorn or cracked cardamom during the poaching process to give it a savory kick.

This dish pairs perfectly with a dollop of crème fraiche or whipped ricotta topped with chopped dried apricots or pistachios, as well as a slice of fluffy cake or tart – think saffron apricots or dark chocolate pistachio.

For a more savory pairing, try pairing this dessert with Ottolenghi style roasted pumpkin-seeds-encrusted labneh, or smoked salmon tartare served with crispy puff pastry chips or crackers. To complement the natural sweetness of the apricots alongside the earthy taste of pistachios, experiment with spices like saffron, cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, or even rosemary to create a unique and unforgettable combination.

Overall, this apricot and pistachio praline recipe will serve as an ideal ending to any meal you have planned out for your guests. Trust me when I say that your family and friends will be raving about this decadent dessert for days on end!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Treat yourself to these Apricots with Pistachio Praline
Treat yourself to these Apricots with Pistachio Praline

You can make the Apricots with Pistachio Praline ahead of time and store them in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. Simply cover the dish with plastic wrap or a lid and keep it chilled until ready to serve.

When reheating, be sure to do so gently over low heat, as dried fruits like apricots can easily dry out and become tough when overheated. A microwave can also work, but it’s best to do a quick burst of heating before checking the dish, because the microwaves can cause hot spots in the dish which may result in unevenly heated fruit.

It is essential that the pistachio praline is stored separately from the fruit so that the praline remains crunchy. Store any leftover praline in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 week, or freeze in a sealed freezer bag for longer storage.

If you want to prepare the apricots ahead of time but cannot fully assemble the dish, you can always poach them one day in advance and keep them refrigerated in their poaching liquid overnight. The pistachio praline can also be made up to 1 week in advance and stored in an airtight container.

It’s worth noting that although reheating and storing are possible, these apricots are at their best when served fresh as their texture and flavor will not be the same once reheated. But don’t worry – they taste so delicious, it’s unlikely there will be any leftovers!

Tips for Perfect Results

 Go nuts for this dessert!
Go nuts for this dessert!

As an Israeli chef, I have some tips for making the perfect Apricots with Pistachio Praline recipe that you’ll want to keep in mind. These tips will help you achieve the best possible results when making this delicious dish.

Firstly, make sure to roast the pistachio nuts before using them in the praline recipe. This will bring out their natural oils and enhance their flavor. Be careful not to overroast them though as it can turn them bitter.

Another tip is to use a candy thermometer when making caramel for the praline recipe. This will help ensure that the sugar reaches the correct temperature for perfect caramelization.

For the saffron apricots, I recommend using fresh apricots if they are available. If not, make sure to use high-quality dried apricots as they will rehydrate better and maintain their shape during cooking.

When chopping dried apricots for the praline or other recipes, it’s important to keep them in uniform size pieces for even cooking and more appealing presentation.

If you are short on time, you can use ready-made puff pastry instead of making your own. This will save time without compromising on flavor and texture.

Lastly, don’t be afraid to experiment with substitutions and variations. For instance, you can substitute almonds for pistachios in the praline recipe or use other stone fruits such as peaches or plums instead of apricots.

By following these tips and experimenting with different variations, you’ll be able to create your version of Apricots with Pistachio Praline that is sure to impress your guests!

Bottom Line

: So, dear reader, whether you’re a seasoned chef or just starting your culinary journey, I urge you to try this Apricots with Pistachio Praline recipe. Not only is it a stunning dish that will impress your guests, but it’s also easy to make with minimal ingredients. The combination of the soft apricots and crunchy pistachio praline is simply irresistible.

And don’t forget to have fun in the kitchen! Experiment with different substitutions and variations to make this recipe your own. Maybe try poaching the apricots in different liquids like tea or wine instead of water or add a touch more cardamom for an extra warming flavor.

Lastly, I want to remind you to choose high-quality ingredients, both for taste and nutritional value. Opt for American pistachios, locally sourced honey, and organic dried apricots whenever possible.

In conclusion, this Apricots with Pistachio Praline recipe is a must-try for anyone who loves stone fruits, pistachio nuts or indulgent desserts. It’s versatile enough to serve as a fancy dinner party dessert or as a weekend brunch treat. You won’t be disappointed by the flavors and textures of this dish!

Apricots With Pistachio Praline

Apricots With Pistachio Praline Recipe

My sister in law, used to do a version of these delightful apricots. I've added my own little twist and come up with a dessert that my friends say is 'to die for'.
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Prep Time 2 hrs 30 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine International
Calories 349.8 kcal


  • 250 g dried apricots
  • 50 g caster sugar
  • 4 cracked cardamom pods
  • 1 teaspoon cracked black peppercorns
  • 1/2 lemon, juice of
  • 200 g creme fraiche
  • 450 ml water


  • 75 g granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon sunflower oil
  • 50 g pistachio nuts


  • Place the apricots in alarge pan with water, the sugar, cardamom, peppercorns and lemon juice.
  • Bring to the boil and simmer for 10 minutes.
  • remove from the heat, allow to cool, then chill for at least 2 hours.
  • For the praline, place the sugar in a small pan with 1 Tbs of water.
  • Heat gently, stirring until the sugar dissolves, then bring to the boil and simmer rapidly until golden brown.
  • While the sugar is boiling, brush a baking sheet with a little oil and scatter the pistachios over it in an even layer, keeping them all close together.
  • As soon as the caramel is golden, allow the bubbles to subside, then pour over the nuts and leave to cool and set hard.
  • Then, place the praline on a board and, with a heavy knife, chop into shards.
  • Divide the apricots between 6 bowls and spoon over a couple of Tbs of the cooking liquer.
  • Top each serving with a spoonful of creme fraiche and decorate with the praline shards.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 184gCalories: 349.8kcalCarbohydrates: 50.6gProtein: 3.8gFat: 17gSaturated Fat: 8.2gCholesterol: 45.7mgSodium: 19.5mgFiber: 4gSugar: 43.8g
Keyword < 4 Hours, Asian, Dessert, Fruit, Middle Eastern, Turkish
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