Apricot Patty-cake Cobbler
Notes: As the apricots cook, their tartness comes forward. If the fruit is firm and underripe, it will require the maximum amount of sugar. If the apricots are ripe and sweeter, start with 3/4 cup sugar. For a strong mace flavor, use the larger amount. Instead of ground mace, you can use the same amount of fresh-grated or ground nutmeg. Instead of apricots, you can use ripe peaches, peeled and sliced, with 1/2 cup sugar. Serve the cobbler warm, with sweetened whipped cream or vanilla ice cream. You can make it up to 1 day ahead; cover airtight when cool and let stand at room temperature. Reheat in a 350° oven for about 10 minutes.