Thursday, May 17, 2012

A Chocolate-Dipped Apricot and Pistachio Parable

This is the story of the Princess and the Sweet Tooth.
Once upon a time [yesterday at 4:52 pm], a lovely princess [an unshowered, couch-lazing chocoholic] desired a royal sweet [Wills was with Kate, and the younger red-headed brother is too wild—even for a cougar princess]. But when the princess rang her bell, no one came calling with a tray of Godiva Chocolates [or something organic and fair trade-ish]. So she got off her throne [it folds out into a bed] and searched for something rich and dark [but George Clooney wasn’t in the pantry].

Upon discovering some royal subjects [dried apricots, chocolate chips and pistachios], the princess quickly fashioned them into royal jewels and barely lifted a finger [except to take some mediocre photos, photoshop them, write a scintillating parable, rewrite it because the first draft did not scintillate, format it into an archaic blogging platform, and hit “Publish”]. These were even easier to make than her chocolate-covered mint leaves that required a more delicate chocolateering method.

The princess was so pleased with her creation that she pilfered all the jewels [ate 24 apricots, but who’s counting?]. It was so simple, if the royal subjects had been sitting on her 16th-century, gem-encrusted credenza [IKEA coffee table], she could have fashioned these royal jewels from a semi-reclining position without ever having left her throne.

The moral of the story? If a princess is as clever as she is lazy, she will be compensated with the consummate confection.

Chocolate-Dipped Apricots with Pistachios

24 dried apricots (these were small-ish and Turkish)

1/3 cup chocolate chips (semi-sweet or bittersweet, fair trade-preferred)

1/3 cup shelled pistachios, crushed

Melt the chips in a double boiler or in a small bowl in the microwave on medium power in 30-second intervals until melted.

Dip half of an apricot into the chocolate, and sprinkle the nuts on both sides while you’re still holding it. Then lay the nut-encrusted apricot on a sheet of wax or parchment paper to set. Will last a few days unrefrigerated in a covered container.

Related Links:

Chocolate-Covered Mint Leaves (My Thin Mints)

A Simple Sautéed Squash-Blossom Parable

My Frugal Royal Wedding Canapés


  1. Simply stupendous, scintillating, and sophisticated sweets!!!

  2. Your confections look gorge and that's exactly what I'm going to do as soon as I make them.

  3. Oh what a magical kingdom this must be! GREG

  4. Not fair! There is no way I can't make these this weekend....

  5. Princess, your photos are fabulous and show the perfecton of your creation. Bravo!

  6. Adair, I nominated you for Food Stories Award for Excellence in Storytelling because your posts brighten my days and I just adore your wit. Go to to claim your award:)
    Have a great holiday weekend!

  7. Hmmm, why didn't it become a live link? Let me try again:

  8. Hi, I found your blog through Bibberche. What a fun story and how I wish I too had someone rich and dark lurking in my pantry. What a great idea for a (sort of) healthy snack. I love these, even the colours are gorgeous.

  9. Lana: Thanks for the nomination!
    Hotly Spiced: Thanks for stopping by!

  10. I am gobsmacked by my queen-to-be's consummate confection! A royal treat indeed :)

  11. haha! I really enjoyed your fairy tale!!! this was so fun to read and what pretty pictures!!!! looks yummy!

  12. I will gladly look forward to being compensated with the consummate confection as soon as I get off my royal @$$ to make them. :)

  13. I love everything [mostly the George Clooney part] about this post [thing you agonized over while downing chocolate covered apricots]. I will definitely [about a 30% chance because who am I kidding] be making these soon.

  14. Simple and scrumptious - so glad I took a 1/2 dozen!

  15. These were amazing! A nice healthy touch ;)