Brown-butter apricots on brioche with basil ice-cream

Vegetarian , Desserts


About 5 ripe apricots, halved, pitted, and sliced into roughly 2-3cm thick wedges

1/2 cup sugar, divided

4 slices brioche (each about 2cm thick)

10 tablespoons butter, divided

1 tablespoon water


Gently toss apricots with 3 tablespoons of sugar. Place remaining 5 tablespoons sugar on a rimmed plate and dip both sides of each brioche slice in sugar, coating well. Meanwhile, melt 2 tablespoons butter in a large sauté pan over medium heat until foaming. Add 2 brioche slices to pan and cook until golden brown on bottoms, 2 to 3 minutes. Flip slices, add 1 tablespoon butter, and cook until other sides are golden brown. Transfer to a plate and repeat with remaining 2 slices.

Wipe out pan and increase heat to medium-high. Add remaining 4 tablespoons butter and cook, swirling pan occasionally, until butter is golden brown and fragrant, about 3 minutes. Add apricots and cook, swirling pan to coat apricots in butter, until heated through, about 1 minute more.

Remove pan from heat, add water, and swirl to create a smooth sauce. Divide brioche among 4 plates. Top each with apricots, sauce, and a scoop of basil ice-cream. Serve immediately.


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