Apricot bavarois

    4 hours 40 minutes

    This delicate Bavarian cream is made with evaporated milk rather than crème Anglaise, making it a lighter-tasting but still elegant dessert.

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    Serves: 8 

    • 1 can (375 ml) low-fat evaporated milk
    • 2 envelopes gelatine
    • 1/4 cup boiling water
    • 1 can (825 g) apricot halves, drained
    • 2 tablespoons honey
    • 5 tablespoons light brown sugar
    • 1/4 cup cream
    • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
    • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
    • Ground nutmeg
    • 8 fresh apricots, halved

    Preparation:4hours20min  ›  Cook:20min  ›  Ready in:4hours40min 

    1. Pour the evaporated milk into a large metal bowl and put in the freezer for 1 hour or until semi-frozen (slushy).
    2. Meanwhile, sprinkle the gelatine over 1/4 cup cold water in a small bowl and stand for 5 minutes. Transfer the gelatine to a blender or food processor, add the boiling water, then process for 30 seconds or until dissolved. Add the canned apricots, honey, 3 tablespoons brown sugar, the cream, half the lemon juice, the cinnamon and a pinch of nutmeg, and process until smooth. Refrigerate the apricot purée for 1 to 1½ hours or until it is the texture of raw egg whites. (Or quick-chill in a bowl set in a larger bowl of iced water.)
    3. When the evaporated milk is slushy, beat with an electric mixer at high speed until soft peaks form. Fold the milk into the chilled apricot mixture. Pour into individual 1-cup dishes. Chill for at least 3 hours or until set.
    4. Preheat the oven to 180°C. Sprinkle the fresh apricot halves with the remaining brown sugar, place on a baking tray, then bake in the oven for 20 minutes.
    5. Turn the bavarois out on to serving plates and serve with the baked apricot halves.

    Health tip

    These golden fruits are also as "good as gold" nutritionally. An outstanding source of beta-carotene, apricots provide considerable vitamin C and a healthy amount of potassium.

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