Poached Apricots With Lemon and Thyme

Makes 6 to 8 servings. Recipe is by Jeff Nathan, who says, “We have most of these ingredients on hand as pantry items, so it’s a simple matter to make this dessert when the mood strikes. The taste of thyme in a dessert may be surprising, but it is as delicious as it is aromatic.

1 lemon

1/2 cup fresh orange juice

1/2 cup honey

1/4 cup sugar

1 (3-inch) cinnamon stick

1 lb. dried apricots

1 tbl. chopped fresh thyme

A few gratings of fresh nutmeg

Vanilla ice cream, for serving

Lemon zest, cut into julienne,

for serving

1. Mix 2 cups water, the orange juice, honey, sugar, lemon zest and juice, and cinnamon in a medium saucepan. Add the apricots and bring tro a simmer over medium heat, stirring occasionally. Partially cover the saucepan with the lid, and simmer until the apricots are tender, about 10 minutes.

2. Remove from heat and add thyme and nutmeg. Cool until warm or refrigerate until chilled. Serve spooned over ice cream and topped with long strips of lemon zest.