Monin Apricot Syrup
Monin Apricot Syrup is just one of a delicious range of flavours, used by coffee shops such as Costa Coffee and enjoyed across the country and further afield.
The bottles come in a 70cl Glass Bottle, and a 1l Plastic bottle variation which is ideal for bars, cafes and coffee shops, but can also be used at home.
Golden orange in colour and with a velvety texture, the allure of apricots just doesnt stop.
This sweet, refreshing fruit is often compared to peaches, which shouldnt be a surprise as they are part of the same fruit family.
Apricots also blend really well with other fruits and flavours, and this is why Monin Apricot Syrup should have a space reserved in your kitchen cupboards. Whether it is a smoothie or sweet pastry, this syrup can add an instant splash of apricot goodness to your favourite food and drink.
While the delicious taste of apricot is clear and obvious, its origin story is quite the opposite. Generally thought to have begun life in China, archaeological evidence suggests Armenia was one of the first countries to the apricot party. With evidence pointing to it being cultivated all the way back to around 3000 BC, India also has a claim of being the fruits birthplace.
Either way, China is recognised as the country that caused them to spread across the world. The fruits journey had a helping hand from a merry cast of characters throughout history, including Alexander the Great and King Henry VIII.
Apricots, like many food items over the years, have been utilised for their supposed medicinal benefits. The fruit has been used to alleviate heart disease, diarrhoea, ulcers, tumours, and swelling. In addition, Chinese medicine gave apricots a starring role, due to their belief that they regenerated and detoxified the body.
Despite tenuous links to it being a true superfood that cures a multitude of medical conditions, the fruit is a healthy treat. Apricots are a good source of, among other things, calcium, potassium, and vitamins A and C.
Going back to their globetrotting ways, the apricot was reportedly introduced to Greece by the aforementioned Alexander the Great.
When it reached Persia, the fruit was dried and used as an integral commodity during trades.
In England, cultivating apricots has been far from easy or, pardon the pun, fruitful. The first attempt was made by Henry VIIIs gardener, who brought apricot trees back after a trip to Italy in 1542.
Fast forward to the 18th century and Lord Anson tried to get the fruit to flourish. These cultivation efforts were largely unsuccessful, at least from a commercial point of view.
Although the climate and conditions are poor in England, apricots prosper in various countries across Europe, Africa and Asia.
Today, the biggest producer of the fruit is Turkey, with the country responsible for over 20% of the worlds apricots. Other major apricot cultivators include Uzbekistan, Italy, Algeria and Iran.
Poached Peaches with Apricot Whipped Cream
Light, refreshing and scrumptious this recipe brings a classic combination to the table in the form of peaches and apricots.
The poached peaches supply a tender and fruity bite, while the apricot whipped cream provides the perfect light, fluffy contrast. Add a drop of honey to proceedings, and youll have made a dessert which will live long in the memory.
This recipe's deliciousness is matched only by its simplicity; with just a handful of ingredients and a small number of easy-to-follow steps, even novice cooks wont struggle to produce a memorable after-dinner treat.
What you will need:
- To begin, prepare the peaches. This is simply a case of slicing the fruit in half and then removing the stone.
- In a pan, add the white wine and caster sugar. Place this over a gentle heat and stir the ingredients together. Place the peach halves into the pan, allowing them to poach for around ten minutes.
- When the ten minutes is almost up, this is the ideal time to start preparing the whipped cream. To do this, the assistance of a whipped cream dispenser is required. When you have the dispenser ready, open it up, place the fresh cream and Monin Apricot Syrup into the device, and ensure it is secured tight. Also remember to screw a cream charger into the dispenser. When everythings ready to go, shake the device for up to ten seconds, giving it enough time to bind the cream and syrup together, and also produce a fluffy whipped cream.
- When the peaches have poached, bring them out of the pan and place on a suitable plate. Squirt a liberal amount of the apricot-flavoured whipped cream to the side of the peaches. Drizzle some honey on the peaches and cream for an added finishing touch.