Fried Apricot Croissants

Crescents of Indulgence

This recipe turns ready-made croissants into a decadent dessert, so go get ready to treat yourself…

 

Fried Apricot Croissants

Ingredients:

Oil, to deep fry

6 tsp cornflour

6 cardamom pods, seeds crushed, pods reserved

Juice of 2 lemons, or to taste

1 tsp vanilla paste

1 cup caster sugar (divided usage)

250-300 g dried apricots

4 croissants

Cream, to serve

Method:

  1. Place the cardamom powder, lemon juice, vanilla paste, ½ cup caster sugar and apricots in a saucepan over a high flame.
  2. Bring to a boil, breaking the apricots with a fork, then cook for five minutes until you get a jam-like consistency.
  3. Transfer one-third cup of this liquid to a bowl and add the cornflour, stirring to a smooth slurry.
  4. Add the cornflour mixture to the apricot mixture. Reduce the flame to medium-high and cook, stirring, until slightly reduced (about three minutes). Remove from the flame.
  5. Create a pocket in each croissant by cutting an opening in the outside edge.
  6. Spoon two tablespoons of the apricot mixture into each pocket.
  7. Thread wooden toothpicks through each opening to seal. Heat the oil in a saucepan, and fry the croissants for one or two minutes until dark golden.
  8. Remove and drain on paper towels.
  9. Place the remaining caster sugar in a plate, and turn the hot croissants in the sugar to coat.
  10. Discard the toothpicks and serve the croissants with cream.