This year the tree is laden with bright orange blushed Apricots, how happy was I when I realised!Yesterday I went down the back of our property to check on the plums, & low & behold there are two more Apricot tree's there too! These I thought were diseased Pear tree's, as they were amongst other pear tree's, & had not produced any fruit, & we are talking 5 summers now
Mmmmmm, eaten straight from the tree warm from the sun they are marvelous but made into a scrummy juicy preserve they are amazing.
So the first thing to do was to make preserve, this is so easy anyone can do it right off the cuff.
You can fiddle around with how you make it;
If you cut the Apricots small you will get jam, just boil longer,
Skins on or off,
Halved or quartered,
Blanched or not.
Here is my way........
2 Kilo Sugar
Juice of 1 lemon
10 + kernals
1/4 Pint water
Place a saucer in the freezer.
For Apricots with perfect skin, keep the skin on. Blanche the Apricots that have pitted or imperfect skins in boiling water for aprox 2 mins then plunge into cold or ice water. Then remove the skin.
Cut into halves & quarters aprox half & half.
I do all this on a plate or bowl so I can use all the juice after this stage has been completed.
Crack some of the pips & use the kernels. Put the kernels in a piece of thin cloth or muslin & tie.
Melt a knob of butter in the bottom of a large stock pan, I use enamel, this is so it won't stick to the bottom of the pan when boiling (I got the idea from some TV program & it works!)
Put the Apricots in then the lemon juice sugar & water. Heat slowly stirring till the sugar has all melted then bring to a rolling boil, add the bag of kernals & boil for 20-30 mins. Test for setting consistency by spooning a little on the frozen saucer, then every 5 mins till it sets how you would like.
I like mine quite runny for preserve as I then use it for topping cheesecakes & putting in cakes as well as on bread & butter