With early summer, apricot season has arrived here in southern New Mexico. When we unexpectedly drove past a lady selling apricots on the side of the road, we just had to go back and score some! The apricot lady recommended that I make an apricot pie; I've never baked with apricots before, but the lady's comment got me thinking about other ways to use apricots. Besides the apricots, our fridge is brimming over with fresh eggs from my kids' hens. Thus, it was time to develop a recipe for Apricot Custard Cake!
This nourishing recipe for Apricot Custard Cake is loaded with eggs and healthy fats, it is grain-free, and is only mildly sweetened with unrefined sucanat. We enjoy custard cake for breakfast, but it can be fancied up with whipped cream for a nice dessert, too.
Apricot Custard Cake
Prep Time: 20-25 minutes
Bake Time: 70-75 minutes
Total Time: 90-100 minutes
3/4 cup (1&1/2 sticks) butter, plus extra for buttering the baking dish
6 large eggs
1/3-1/2 cup sucanat (depending on the sweetness of your apricots)
3/4 cup sour cream
3/4 tsp ground cinnamon
3/4 tsp ground ginger
1&1/2 tsp fresh lemon juice
1/2 tsp Celtic sea salt
1/4 cup almond flour (I use Bob's Red Mill Superfine Almond Flour)
2 Tb coconut flour
1&1/2 pounds ripe apricots
Butter an 8X8 glass dish, generously.
In a small saucepan, melt 1&1/2 sticks of butter over low heat. Then turn off heat and allow to cool.
In the meantime, combine the eggs, sucanat, sour cream, cinnamon, ginger, and salt in a medium bowl. Mix it all together with a whisk or mixer. Then mix in the lemon juice.
Mix in the almond flour and coconut flour until well-mixed.
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.
Prepare the apricots by chopping them in half, discarding the pits, and slicing the apricots into ~1/2-inch chunks. Place the apricots into the buttered baking dish.
Whisk/mix the melted butter into the custard mixture.
Pour the custard mixture over the apricots, making sure the apricots are nestled down into the liquid as best you can.
Bake at 325° for 70-75 minutes, until custard cake is set in the center and the top is golden.
Allow to cool before slicing. Custard cake is nice when served slightly warm or cold. Enjoy!
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