Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Chocolate Pistachio Apricots

I'm always looking for easy recipes that look and taste terrific! Sunset Magazine has been my guide for over 30 years. Dipping fruit in chocolate is easy, and the addition of chopped pistachio nuts gives this recipe a little something extra! I think these are just perfect for Halloween, too. Great for adults to nibble on while handing out candy!

Chocolate Pistachio Apricots

Ingredients
1/2 cup finely chopped pistachios
6 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
24 dried large apricots

Preparation
1. Line a baking sheet with waxed paper. Put pistachios in a shallow bowl.
2. Melt chocolate (see directions below). Remove from heat.
3. Holding apricots from one end, dip them 1 at a time into the chocolate, turning to coat about 3/4 of the apricot. Use a knife to scrape excess chocolate off the bottom back into bowl.
4. Hold apricot over bowl of pistachios and sprinkle the nuts over the chocolate.
5. Put apricot (nut side down) on baking sheet and repeat with remaining apricots.
6. Chill until chocolate is set, about 1 hour.
Store in an airtight container between sheets of waxed paper in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

Melting chocolate: Be gentle. Fill a saucepan with 2 to 3 in. of water. Put finely chopped chocolate in a heatproof bowl that will fit over pan (the bottom of the bowl should not touch the water); set bowl aside. Bring water to a boil, turn off heat, then set bowl over pan. Use a heatproof spatula or wooden spoon to stir the chocolate frequently and encourage even melting. Once the chocolate is melted, stir well and use immediately.

1 comment:

Lynn said...

These look yummy, Janet. I've dipped dried apricots before, but never thought to add the pistachios. I love those simple ideas that elevate something ordinary to something truly special.