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Apricots, Almonds & Devonshire Clotted Cream on English Muffin Recipe

Excerpted from ‘Bliss on Toast' by Prue Leith

two english muffins with apricots, almonds and cream on plates; bowl of cream to right

Haarala Hamilton


This is the most divine, indulgent and irresistible dessert. Don’t skimp on the cream or jam. Better forgo it altogether than try to make it healthy! It’s best made with ripe fresh apricots. If using canned fruit, roast them anyway — it will deepen their flavor.



  • 2 large apricots, or 3 small ones
  • 3 Tbsp. butter, half of it melted
  • 2 tsp. sugar
  • 1 English muffin, split and toasted
  • 2 Tbsp. apricot preserves
  • 1 Tbsp. sliced almonds, toasted (see tip, below)
  • 1 small jar of Devonshire clotted cream, or ¾ cup mascarpone



1. Get the broiler as hot as possible. Halve the apricots, remove the pits and put the halves, pitted side up, on a broiler pan. Brush them with the melted butter and sprinkle with the sugar.

2. Broil, not too close to the elements or gas flame, for 8–10 minutes until brown around the edges. Meanwhile, butter the toasted muffin halves and put them on warm plates. Spread them with apricot preserves and share the apricot halves between them.

3. Sprinkle with the almonds and serve with clotted cream or mascarpone.

Tip: You can toast the sliced almonds in the oven under the broiler pan at the same time as roasting the apricots, but they burn in a flash, so be careful. Safer, probably, to stand over them while you gently turn them in a frying pan, or cook for 3 minutes in the microwave, giving them a stir halfway.

Cook With Prue

Two more recipes from Bliss on Toast for AARP members to try:

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Read about Prue Leith's latest cookbook, Bliss on Toast.

book cover with grilled cheese on yellow dish; words read prue leith bliss on toast

Bloomsbury Publishing

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