Kaymakli Kayisi (Cream-Filled Apricots)
1 lb Dried apricot halves
2 cup Sugar
1 cup Water
1/2 x Lemon
1 cup Whipping cream
1 cup Slivered almonds
2 tbl Slivered almonds
* Soak apricots in warm water 2 hours to soften. Drain. Combine sugar, 1 cup water and lemon half. Boil until syrupy, 225-230'F. on candy thermometer. Add apricots and simmer 5 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool.
* Whip cream until stiff. Fold 1 cup almonds into cream. Arrange apricot halves in single layer, inner side up. Dollop cream mixture onto 50 percent of apricot halves. Cover with other 50 percent, like sandwich.
* Sprinkle remaining almonds and pistachios over tops.
* Makes about 75, if small apricots are used.