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Apricot and Ricotta Tartines

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Each Thursday, Emily Vikre (a.k.a fiveandspice) will be sharing a new way to love breakfast -- because breakfast isn't just the most important meal of the day. It's also the most awesome.

Today: A template for your morning toast that relies on creamy ricotta and sweet, tart stewed fruit.

Apricot and Ricotta Tartines on Food52

As any food-oriented, French-speaking college student might be expected to do, I studied abroad in Paris for a semester during college. My transcript indicates that I studied art history and French language, but I was really just studying pastry eating. Anyways, I stayed with a French host family, and every morning I would make myself a bowl-sized cup of coffee, my host mom would make hot chocolate, my host dad would brew a cup of tea, and we would all sit together and eat tartines, open-faced baguette halves smeared thickly with butter and jam. This was Paris, so the bread (bought fresh daily), the butter, and the jam were all exceptionally good; combined, they were the toast that dreams are made of.

More: Not a sweet breakfast person? Try one of these savory toasts instead.

There was one problem: I was always hungry again an hour later. So I started adding either yogurt or cheese to my morning tartine, to give it a little more staying power. And that is where this breakfast really originated. For all its apparent elegance, this is just toast with butter and jam taken to the next level, using luscious ricotta in place of butter and a quickly-made apricot compote instead of jam.

Apricot and Ricotta Tartines on Food52

Apricots are a fruit that begs to be cooked. With baking, poaching, or stewing, their flavor becomes as rich and jewel-like as their color. And their sweet-tartness is the perfect foil to the milkiness of ricotta. Look for a good, creamy ricotta -- or make your own at home. 

More: Read up on how to shop for, store, and cook with apricots.

In many ways, this is more of a fruit compote-plus-soft-cheese template than it is a recipe. Try mascarpone, chèvre, or cream cheese. Make a berry compote, or peach or plum. Your tartine will adapt to the progression of summer, and whatever fruit is in season.  

Tartines with Ricotta and Apricot Compote

Serves 1 to 2

3 apricots, pitted and sliced into sixths
1 tablespoon honey
1 pinch salt
1/4 cup (or so) good ricotta, preferably homemade
2 thick slices of bread, toasted

See the full recipe (and save and print it) here.

Photos by Emily Vikre

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3 months ago Fairmount_market

I just spent a few days in Paris with my family and we had petite suisse with apricot preserves for breakfast every morning along with our fresh croissants. True decadence.

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3 months ago fiveandspice

Emily is a trusted source on Scandinavian Cuisine.

YUM!!!

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3 months ago AntoniaJames

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Truly magnificent. I'm making/canning apricot jam this weekend for fruit tarts, crostate, etc., throughout the year, but I just made a killer artisanal boule, and am making some of Jennie's ricotta for a holiday tart, so I suppose I'll just *have* to make some of this glorious compote to complete the trifecta. ;o)

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3 months ago fiveandspice

Emily is a trusted source on Scandinavian Cuisine.

I mean, it's rough, but somebody's gotta do it! ;)

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3 months ago AntoniaJames

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Made this over the weekend, on toasted slices of peasant bread boule (from 52 Loaves, williamalexander.com) + Jennifer Perillo's Creamy Homemade Rjcotta (pure luxury in a spoon). Added a touch of vanilla paste. Best Sunday lunch I've had in a good long while.

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3 months ago EmilyC

Love this idea! Apricots are going on the shopping list.

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3 months ago fiveandspice

Emily is a trusted source on Scandinavian Cuisine.

Thanks! :)

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3 months ago Merrill Stubbs

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My go-to breakfast when I was studying abroad (in Italy) was toast with goat cheese and apricot jam -- loved the mix of savory and sweet. Your apricot compote sounds wonderful!

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3 months ago fiveandspice

Emily is a trusted source on Scandinavian Cuisine.

Thanks Merrill!