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Grilled Apricots with Almond Cream and Fregolotta

Grilled apricots with almond cream and fregolotta with a hand holding a fork.

For this dessert recipe, the dough for fregolotta, an Italian cookie, is broken up into small pieces, then baked. And you may end up with some extra. Save it in an airtight container at room temperature for up to three days. It’s great over ice cream and Nutella.


8 servings

For the fregolotta crumble:
1/2 cup blanched almonds
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup fine-grind cornmeal
2 teaspoons flaky sea salt
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
For the apricots:
16 ripe apricots, halved, pitted
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 1/2 cups heavy cream
1 teaspoon almond extract (optional)
Honey (for serving)

Make the fregolotta crumble:

Step 1

Preheat oven to 350°F. Toast almonds on a rimmed baking sheet, tossing once, until golden brown and fragrant, 6–8 minutes. Let cool; pulse in a food processor until mostly finely ground but there are still bits of almond.

Step 2

Mix almonds, flour, sugar, cornmeal, and salt in a large bowl, then add butter and vanilla and almond extracts and work in with your fingers or the handle of a sturdy wooden spoon. Scatter crumble, trying not to break it up too much, on a rimmed baking sheet and bake, tossing halfway through, until golden brown, 20–25 minutes. Let cool.

Make apricots and assemble:

Step 3

Prepare a grill for medium heat. Brush the cut side of each apricot half with oil and grill apricots, cut side down, until lightly charred and juices start to seep out of fruit, 6–8 minutes. Using a metal spatula, carefully turn apricots and grill a minute or so until the other side is lightly charred. Transfer to a plate.

Step 4

Using an electric mixer, beat cream in a medium bowl until medium peaks form. Fold in almond extract, if using.

Step 5

Divide warm apricots among plates. Spoon some whipped cream on top. Drizzle with honey and scatter fregolotta crumble over.

How would you rate Grilled Apricots with Almond Cream and Fregolotta?

  • This was an easy and delicious dessert. I substituted nectarines for the apricots. The crumble was a big hit: salty, sweet,buttery and nutty at the same time. You can also use vanilla ice cream instead of the whipped cream.

    • cathie126

    • Mt Kisco, NY

    • 7/12/2019

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