A crunchy topping sets off apricots which are so flavorful you do not have to add much to them. If using supermarket apricots, cut each into quarters, increase lemon juice to 2 tbsp. and granulated sugar to 1/2 cup, and mix a pinch each of cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg into the fruit before baking.
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ginger
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup packed dark brown sugar
2/3 cup quick-cooking rolled oats
1/3 cup golden raisins (optional)
1/3 cup chopped pecans
5 cups pitted and halved fresh apricots (preferably Blenheim; about 15 apricots)
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup granulated sugar
How to Make It
Preheat oven to 350° and grease an 8- by 8-in. baking pan. Melt butter and let cool. Whisk together flour, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves, salt, and brown sugar. Stir in oats, raisins (if using), and pecans, then stir in melted butter.
Toss apricots with lemon juice and granulated sugar and spread in baking pan. Squeeze topping into shaggy chunks and scatter over apricots. Bake until bubbling, 40 to 50 minutes; cool at least 30 minutes, and serve with vanilla ice cream.