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Apricots with Dark Chocolate Ganache and Tarragon

This recipe was the grand finale of a market cooking class at Cook’n with Class in Uzès. The dessert can be made with other stone fruit (peaches, nectarines, plums) or  even with strawberries. However, the key is that the stone fruit should not be overly ripe, as the ingredients naturally create a juice.  You can experiment with the spices as well…strawberries and black pepper, or try basil instead of tarragon with the stone fruit.

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Apricots with Dark Chocolate Ganache and Tarragon

This dessert is ultra easy and is guaranteed to impress your friends.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine French, Provencal
Servings 6 People


  • 24 Apricots not too ripe
  • 60 g (2.1 oz) Sugar
  • 1 whole Vanilla Bean
  • 100 g (3.5 oz) Chocolate 70%
  • 200 g (7.1 oz) heavy cream (35%)
  • 10 leaves Fresh Tarragon per plate
  • 2 tbsp Honey


Chocolate Ganache:

  • Bring the cream to a boil and pour on top of the chopped Chocolate, mix well and reserve in the fridge for at least 2 hours.

Prepare the Fruit:

  • Cut the apricots in half and remove the pit. Then cut in quarters.
  • Add 60 gr sugar and the vanilla bean (cut the pod in half and scrap the seeds with the back of a small knife).
  • Add the tarragon and the honey Mix well with a wooden spoon.
  • Reserve in the fridge for at least one hour.

When it is time to serve:

  • Whisk the chocolate ganache again so it is close to a chocolate chantilly.
  • Using a cold plate, serve 8 pieces of apricot per person, and a spoon of chocolate ganache.
  • Serve right away.


Note:  the sugar will start a "cooking" process with the apricots and begin to create a delicious juicy sauce.
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Recommended wine: Coteaux du Layon, Château de Plaisance, 1er Cru Chaume
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    September 25, 2016 at 10:47 am — Reply

    Carolyne – what an amazing combination of flavors! I can’t wait (almost a whole year now) for apricots to be back in season so I can try this!

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      September 25, 2016 at 3:21 pm — Reply

      Hi David – I could not agree more about apricots! Good thing there is always chocolate :-)

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