Since Lori and company were stranded in the middle of nowhere in Aunt Dimity: Snowbound, they had to create a dessert from whatever they had on hand. The simple compote recipe, using canned apricots, seemed just the ticket.
Preheat oven to 350 Fahrenheit
2 cups (1/2 pound) canned apricots
2 tablespoons brown sugar
Juice and grated rind of 1/2 lemon
1/2 cup macaroon (or sugar cookie) crumbs
Arrange layers of fruit in a deep baking dish,
sprinkling each layer
with brown sugar, lemon rind, and lemon juice. Pour the reserved juice from the can(s) on the top, sprinkle with crumbs, and bake 35 minutes. Serve warm or cold, preferably with heavy cream.
Reprinted from AUNT DIMITY: SNOWBOUND by Nancy Atherton by permission of Penguin Books, a member of Penguin Putnam, Inc. Copyright 2004 by Nancy T. Atherton. All rights reserved. This excerpt, or any parts thereof, may not be reproduced in any form without permission.