This dish is one of my favorites to make in late summer, when apricots are at their peak of ripeness. Nectarines and peaches also make great substitutes. Whatever you choose, go for the ripest, most fragrant fruit you can find. I’ll often toss in some raisins or apples for texture if I have them on hand, but the sweet-nutty flavor combination is perfect on its own. Dried apricots also work well outside the Summer months.

The finished apricot compote. Photo: CC-Simon Aughton