This is my first batch of baking since our daughter Tui was born 3 weeks ago. Feels great to get back in the kitchen; baking relaxes me.

I have also recently formed a co-op with some friends to order Ceres organic products wholesale. A 3kg bag of sulphur-free apricots was in my first order so it was a good chance to use some! Apricots and chocolate are always a tasty combination.


Makes about 20

100g butter, softened
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
1 1/2 cups plain flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder

3/4 cup dried apricots, diced
3/4 cup milk or dark choc bits

Cream butter and sugar in a mixing bowl until light and creamy. Add egg and vanilla essence and beat well.

Add flour and baking powder and combine with a wooden spoon. Stir in apricots and choc bits.

Place tablespoons of mixture onto tray and press down to flatten. Bake for 15-20 minutes at 180°C.