Brown Sugar Roasted Apricots with Crème Fraîche

brown sugar roasted apricots

Doesn’t everyone have a favorite summer fruit? For me, it’s the Santa Rosa plum. Watermelon is up there too, and I’ve been known to eat cold, firm cherries until I have a belly ache. Apricots, though? For me, not so much. Sure, I’ll occasionally get a really good one, but more often than not I’d rather reach for any of apricot’s stone fruit siblings. That is unless they’re done up like these brown sugar roasted apricots. The fruit enters a different league of delicious altogether — a “lick the spoon, run your finger along the baking dish, steal from your child’s bowl, wish there were seconds” kind of good.

A Simple Apricot  Dessert

Here’s all that’s required for these roasted apricots: Arrange halved apricots in a baking dish, sprinkle on brown sugar, dot with butter, scatter pistachios over the top, and roast until the fruit begins to soften and ooze its juices. Crème fraîche sweetened with a swirl of  honey closes the deal.

Brown Sugar Roasted Apricots

Roasted Apricots are Perfect for a Crowd

This is a terrific dessert to serve when you are expecting company, since you can easily double or triple the recipe. If you want to dress things up, add a plate of favorite cookies to serve alongside the apricots. And if crème fraîche isn’t your thing, you can serve this with Greek yogurt, a scoop of vanilla frozen yogurt, or ice cream.

Make this for family supper (it’s easy enough) or for your next summer party (it’s fancy enough). Who knows? A few spoonfuls of this tender, tangy, cream-topped dessert may just move apricots into the number one slot for summer fruit favorite.

Apricot Dessert

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Brown Sugar Roasted Apricots with Creme Fraiche

This makes a very pretty and very easy summer dessert. Make a double batch and enjoy the leftovers for breakfast spooned onto yogurt, spread onto toast, or served alongside your favorite hot cereal.
Course Dessert
Prep Time 6 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 36 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 185 kcal
Author Katie Morford


  • 8 ripe apricots, split in half, pits discarded
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons roughly chopped pistachios
  • 1/3 cup crème fraîche
  • 2 teaspoons honey


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F

  2. Arrange apricot halves cut-side-up in a baking pan just large enough to accommodate them (8x8-inch or thereabouts).
  3. Sprinkle the brown sugar evenly over the apricots.
  4. Cut the butter into 16 tiny pieces and put one piece on top of each apricot half.
  5. Scatter the pistachios over the top of the fruit.
  6. Bake until the apricots soften enough so the tip of a knife slides right in, 30 to 35 minutes (time varies depending on size and ripeness of the fruit).
  7. Divide fruit onto dessert plates or small shallow bowls and serve warm with a spoonful of creme fraiche. Drizzle a honey over the top, if desired. 


06.08.2017 at5:52 PM #


Looks delish. Trying this tonight. Did I miss the oven temp?

06.08.2017 at5:52 PM #

Katie Morford

Hope I’m not too late! Just added it.

05.21.2019 at5:49 AM #


It doesn’t say what to do with the honey, should it be cooked with the apricots or served with them?

05.21.2019 at5:49 AM #

Katie Morford

You can drizzle a little honey as a last step, after spooning on the creme fraiche!

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