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Breakfast, Treats & Snacks

Saffron apricots with pistachio yoghurt and mandarin sauce

Dried apricots are basically a bundle of nutrients squeezed into juicy, amber baubles. Good for all things dermal and duodenal *inappropriate wink*.

These soft saffron apricots with sticky mandarin sauce is what I am waking up to every morning this week.


apricots unsulphured bag


I noticed there’s a preposterous difference between bright orange apricots and dark apricots. The dark dried ones have no preservatives, and taste considerably better than the bright orange ones. But they are also hard on the wallet, like saffron.

Don’t go buying saffron especially for this recipe my friends. Chances are, someone you know will have a jar of saffron, and often no idea what to do with it. Go get it!



Saffron Apricots with pistachio yoghurt and mandarin sauce

A highfive for Anna Jones, who inspired this version of lickystickyummy.


250g dark dried apricots

a good pinch of saffron strands

Juice from 6 mandarins

1 cup Greek yoghurt

Handful of shelled pistachio



Heat the apricots, saffron and mandarin juice in a small saucepan. Simmer for 10-15 minutes, until the apricots are plush. The timing will depend on how hard the apricots were in the first place. If you bought semi dried apricots, simply simmer for 5 minutes instead.

Serve right away with thick clouds of yoghurt and smashed pistachios, or cool and refrigerate until needed (for up to 8 days). Trickle in some orange blossom water for a good Persian smack, if you have some in your cupboard.





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  • Reply Anna Doporto December 27, 2015 at 9:06 am

    Thank you very much Susan White (and Anna Jones) for this delishes and ultra heslthy breakfast. What a treat. Have a Happy and no doubt Healthy NEW YEAR. THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart (and other body areas) for your recipes. Very gratefully,  Anna x 

    • Reply Susan Jane December 31, 2015 at 6:49 pm

      And a happy new year to you!

  • Reply Christmas Recipes | October 29, 2017 at 10:07 pm

    […] am also acutely aware that this may be the only time my saffron apricots will ever make fully-grown homo sapiens weep. If my frolicking has taught me anything, other than […]

  • Reply Laurie L. November 24, 2017 at 3:37 am

    How many servings does this recipe  provide?

    • Reply Susan Jane November 30, 2017 at 12:52 pm

      Hard to say – it all depends who is eating them! I could serve this to 6 people at breakfast, with cooling clouds of soya yoghurt . SJ

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