1. Whip the ricotta, powdered sugar, heavy cream, and vanilla until smooth. Refrigerate until ready to use.
2. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Prepare a bowl of ice water. Drop the apricots in the boiling water for 20 seconds, then transfer them to the ice water with a slotted spoon. Let cool for a few minutes. Drain the apricots and slip off the skins. Slice each one in half and remove the center stones.
3. Place the apricots, strawberries, and sugar in a large, heavy saucepan over medium heat. Simmer for 10-15 minutes, stirring often. Remove from heat and allow the mixture to cool. Stir in diced basil. Refrigerate until ready to use.
4. Prepare the pre-made waffle mix according to the package’s instructions, then stir in sliced almonds. Cook the batter in a waffle iron until golden brown.
5. Quarter each waffle with a knife, and spread the Ricotta Fluff on top of three of the pieces. Stand all four against each other, as shown here.
6. Drizzle the strawberry-apricot sauce on top, to taste, and swoosh any extra Ricotta Fluff on the plate. Garnish with fresh mint leaves, fresh apricot, fresh strawberry, or sliced almonds, if desired.
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