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SOMETHING FOR AFTERS

AMBROSIAL APRICOTS

SERVES 6

250ml mild runny honey
120ml water
2 lemons
12 apricots, halved and pitted
40g pistachios, coarsely chopped

■ Combine the honey and water in a saucepan and set over a medium heat. Pare off the zest of 1 lemon in thick strips, add to the pan, then squeeze in the juice of both lemons. Bring to the boil and, when the syrup begins to bubble, reduce the heat.

■ Add the apricot halves and poach for 5-6 minutes until soft (you may need to cook them in batches). You can tell if the fruit is done by piercing the hollow where the stone once was with a fork or knife; there should be little or no resistance. Once cooked, lift the apricots out of the syrup with a

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