In rounding up the bits and pieces from all my Christmas Baking (See Foodie Gift #21), I find that I have a couple dozen pretty dried apricots, half a cup of toasted slivered almonds and a half bag of semi-sweet chips. I also have a few minutes, so I’ll do a very quick and easy gift to pass on to a couple friends and family members. These make a really lovely addition to a Christmas cookie platter as well.
Chocolate-Dipped Apricots with Almond Clusters
8 oz. dried apricots
1/2 c. toasted slivered almonds
6 oz. semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 T. shortening
Place the chips and shortening in a glass bowl, and place over a pan of lightly simmering water. Stir and melt the chocolate and shortening together till smooth. Taking one apricot at a time, dip one third into the chocolate and place them on waxed paper to cool and dry. Once the apricots are done, stir the almonds into the remaining chocolate and drop by small clusters onto the waxed paper as well, till they are set.
It’s easy to do these with other fruit and nut combinations as well, and it’s a wonderful way to not let anything go to waste.
Merry Christmas! Happy Holidays!