110 gm (½ cup) golden caster sugar11apricots, halved and stones removed180 ml (¾ cup) dessert wine1lemon, juice and zested rind only6 sprigsthyme300 mlthickened cream, lightly whipped to soft peaksTo serve:flaked almonds, roasted
Preheat oven to 190C. Scatter sugar over the base of a roasting tray large enough to hold apricots snugly. Place apricots cut-side down over sugar, press firmly to coat with sugar, then turn over. Drizzle dessert wine and lemon juice over and around apricots, scatter with lemon rind and thyme and roast for 25 minutes or until apricots are just cooked. Cool completely.
Process 4 roasted apricot halves and 2 tbsp roasting juices in a food processor until smooth. Fold through whipped cream to form a ripple.
To serve, divide apricots and roasting juices among bowls, serve with apricot fool and scatter with almonds.