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Baked dried apricots with walnuts; Cevizli kuru kayisi tatlisi

Baked dried apricots with walnuts; cevizli kuru kayisi tatlisi

Baked dried apricots with walnuts; cevizli kuru kayisi tatlisi

As I am getting ready for my upcoming Turkish cookery class on 10th May, I couldn’t resist sharing this delicious dessert from our class, baked dried apricots with walnuts stuffing in the new recipe card format. Such an easy, yet delicious and wholesome treat, if you’d like to have a go too.

Dried apricots are packed with goodness and flavor, a delicious snack.

Dried apricots are packed with goodness and flavor, a delicious snack.

One of  Turkey’s most prolific fruits is the apricot. Because of their abundance, some of the yearly harvest is allowed to dry in the hot summer sun in order to be enjoyed all year round. Malatya, a city in southeast Turkey, is particularly famous for excellent dried apricots which are exported throughout the world. You can find dried apricots in most stores these days, online Turkish store also carries them if you live in the US.

Walnuts stuffing is delicious and wholesome in dried apricots

Walnuts stuffing is delicious and wholesome in dried apricots

Apricots are great snacks; they are packed with fiber, antioxidants and their naturally rich, wonderful flavor is icing on the cake. This easy dessert is great for parties, sharing with friends or family or just indulging yourself. Hope you enjoy it.

Afiyet Olsun,


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Baked dried apricots with walnuts; Cevizli kuru kayisi tatlisi
One of Turkey's most prolific fruits is the apricot. Dried apricots are great, wholesome snacks. This healthy and delicious dried apricot with walnuts dessert is great for parties, sharing with friends and family or just indulging yourself.
Recipe type: Healthy Turkish Desserts
Cuisine: Turkish Cuisine
Serves: 6
  • 225 gr / 8 oz dried Turkish apricots
  • 3 fl oz / ⅓ cup water – if needed -
  • 30ml/2 tablespoons butter
  • 30ml/2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • For the filling:
  • 75 gr /1/2 cup crushed walnuts into small pieces
  • 50 gr / ¼ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup water for baking
  • Crushed pistachio nuts for garnish
  1. Preheat oven to 180 C/ 350 F
  2. Soak the dried apricots in warm water for 10 minutes, if they are really hard. Then drain the water. If they are already soft enough to split open, you can skip this stage.
  3. Combine the crushed walnuts and brown sugar in a small bowl as the filling.
  4. Split open the apricots with a small knife, making sure one end is still intact.
  5. Stuff each apricot with a teaspoonful of crushed walnut and brown sugar mixture and slightly close it up.
  6. Grease a baking tray with olive oil or butter and place the stuffed dried apricots on it.
  7. Pour the water over the tray.
  8. Place a tiny little dab of butter on the top of the each stuffed apricot.
  9. Sprinkle 2 tablespoons of brown sugar over the apricots and bake in the oven for 25 minutes.
  10. Arrange them in a serving dish and sprinkle over some crushed pistachio nuts.

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24 Responses to Baked dried apricots with walnuts; Cevizli kuru kayisi tatlisi

  1. senior dogs abroad May 5, 2014 at 3:55 pm #

    Özlem’ciğim, Lucky students! For me, this was a well-timed recipe since last week, a guest brought me some and while we were too busy talking for me to get the recipe, I was wondering how to make them. So thanks so much and have a great class. Öpüyoruz.


    • Ozlem Warren May 5, 2014 at 9:03 pm #

      Merhaba Jolee, how I wished you were at the class!:) Hope you enjoy making these delicious treats, they are easy and makes a lovely light dessert, especially with those wonderful kuru kayisi you can get at home 🙂 Cok selam ve sevgilerimle, Ozlem

  2. BacktoBodrum May 5, 2014 at 4:51 pm #

    I love apricots in any form but this recipe is delicious.

    • Ozlem Warren May 5, 2014 at 4:58 pm #

      Thanks Annie, it is easy too – enjoy the dried apricots at home!:)

  3. meenakshi pathak May 5, 2014 at 8:02 pm #

    Yummy and delicias

    • Ozlem Warren May 5, 2014 at 9:02 pm #

      thank you very much 🙂

  4. Peri's Spice Ladle May 6, 2014 at 3:19 am #

    Love the sound of these yummy bites, I can taste the chewy apricot with crunchy nuts. So simple too:) good luck with the class, I’m sure it will be amazing. XxPeri.

    • Ozlem Warren May 6, 2014 at 9:36 am #

      Many thanks for your kind words Peri, look forward to the class – glad you enjoyed the recipe!:) Ozlem xx

  5. Phil in the Kitchen May 6, 2014 at 9:37 pm #

    I’ve made stuffed dried apricots quite a few times with different fillings but I’ve never used walnuts. I must try this next time. (As long as I can find some really good walnuts, of course). I hope the cookery class goes well.

    • Ozlem Warren May 7, 2014 at 3:58 pm #

      Many thanks Phil; Sainsburys and Waitrose’s love life range has good quality walnuts; it really is delicious paired with apricots. Many thanks for stopping by and good wishes, Ozlem

  6. Rita January 24, 2015 at 6:58 pm #

    Looks delicious. I must try it. Can this recipe be served cold as well?
    Thank you!

    • Ozlem Warren January 26, 2015 at 12:59 pm #

      Hi Rita, it is best to serve warm but I am sure delicious as cold too, hope you enjoy it!

      • Donna September 30, 2017 at 8:52 pm #

        Re: Baked Dried Apricots/walnut Stuffing
        The descriptor for this recipe mentions cream in the stuffing; the recipe does not. Please advise.
        Also, what is this served with in the accompanying picture?

        • Ozlem Warren October 1, 2017 at 2:59 pm #

          Merhaba Donna, thank you for your note – I checked the recipe, there’s no cream in this version, but there are versions of this dessert where folks use cream. I serve mine with vanilla ice cream, as in the photo, I hope this helps, best wishes, Ozlem

  7. Sonia May 13, 2019 at 6:57 pm #

    In step 7 you say to pour water on the tray? Can you please clarify how much water and should I just pour water on the tray that has the apricots before baking?

    7.Pour the water over the tray

    • Ozlem Warren May 13, 2019 at 8:08 pm #

      Hi Sonia, thank you for your note. The water (for baking) is 1/2 cups, as it says in the ingredients. If it is dark and hard apricots, it is good to soak them to soften (then drain this juice). if the apricots are soft, you don’t need to soak them. I hope this helps, Afiyet Olsun, Ozlem

      • Sonia May 13, 2019 at 11:40 pm #

        Thanks Ozlem!
        This is helpful! This looks delicious and will try it soon. The apricots I have are soft and I will skip water completely.

        • Ozlem Warren May 14, 2019 at 8:18 am #

          Glad it helps, it is a lovely, healthy treat, I hope you enjoy it – Afiyet Olsun! Ozlem

  8. laurel mancini December 18, 2019 at 1:22 am #

    I just finished baking apricot kolache. Now, the dough is what makes the cookie. But, the filling has a tendency to ooze. So. I am thinking, dried apricots would do really well. But,how? I type in baked dried apricots and this website came first. I am over the moon. Going to get dried apricots, soak them if necessary and slice them to lay on the dough, which is a mix of sweet butter and cream cheese. Then, more wild ideas! I am also going to make potica, which already uses walnuts and brown sugar. Again! I will add apricots. I have solved the ooze dilemma, and added more flavor to another dough. Ozlem, so glad to have found this.

    • Ozlem Warren December 18, 2019 at 4:33 pm #

      Hi Laurel,

      Thank you so much for your kind note, delighted to read it! : ) Very happy you are finding my baked dried apricotrecipe useful – it is a versatile, lovely treat and I think it will go really well in the kolache – yummy! : )

      I really do love the fruity desserts in Turkish cuisine, packed in flavor and lighter. My cookery book, Ozlem’s Turkish Table, has over 90 authentic, easy and delicious Turkish recipes, if you’d like to have a look and/or get a signed copy – 20 % off now at this link.

      My best wishes, Ozlem

  9. JRichards October 10, 2020 at 2:47 pm #

    So much sugar and syrup in all these recipes. Delicious, but very very unhealthy. How about indicating when sweeteners can be substituted for sugar? Or when it can be left out? I would not add sugar to the apricots stuffed with walnuts, for example.

    • Ozlem Warren October 12, 2020 at 10:16 am #

      Merhaba, absolutely, by all means don’t add any sugar here; this is the traditional way of making this dessert but I always say recipes are guidelines and can be adjusted to one’s dietary needs and taste. I tend to add less sugar in my desserts too, as traditional Turkish desserts can be quite sweet. Thank you and Afiyet olsun, Ozlem


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