Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Abundance of Apricots

I mentioned getting some particularly delicious apricots for free last week, we've been getting quite a stash in the freezer for our smoothies and were grateful to be offered even more.  I wanted to make some sort of sweet treat to offer in thanks and came across this recipe.  It looked so beautiful that I couldn't resist trying it (but would be delighted to hear of any other apricot recipes too). 

I also decided to make some apricot jam (using Pomona's Pectin - 8 cups apricots to a little less than 2 cups sugar) with some of the very ripe ones to use as a spread in our crepes and to give some as gifts.  I love having extra preserves on hand to give to people who would enjoy them. 


Then we were offered even more apricots so I dug out my solar dryer and put it to use for the first time this season.

All that goodness and we still have the tree on this property (a later not as flavourful variety) to harvest.  Yum!

11 comments:

Jane said...

That looks so good. Lucky you, to have so many apricots! We've tried planted apricots trees in the past, but they just didn't survive.

Ellen said...

All that apricot goodness! Thanks for the link for the recipe. I'll have to give it a try. I have a box of that Pectin on my shelf. Is there more to your canning recipe? Just 8 lbs of apricots, <2 cups sugar and a box of this pectin? Sounds too easy. Any tips on how to look for ripe apricots that are tasty. So many I've tried are lackluster in taste.

Sunshine Mama said...

I've never seen so many apricots! The jam looks divine! Too bad I live far from you, or I'd come over begging for a jar ;)

donna!ee said...

yummy...you've been blessed indeed! thank you much for sharing :)

Forest-Dweller said...

It is too beautiful to cut...but I bet the smell of such a delicious treat was too overpowering. YUM!

Katatethat said...

Glad you're enjoying this recipe too!! I'm jealous of your apricot abundance. Ours are over until next year :(. Love your blog.

The Armchair Housewife said...

all absolutely gorgeous stuff. I recently made apricot butter (like apple butter but with apricots :) ) sweetened only with honey and maple syrup, and it turned out great. Im going to try to get the recipe up on my blog when I can, and I'll send you the link when I do. Thanks for sharing!

Heather said...

Ellen there was a bit of lemon juice in the recipe too. I just followed the instructions inside the box of Pomona's and used about 2 cups of sugar ( a little less) to 8 cups of apricots so that is a double recipe compared to what they give instructions for. One other thing I like about Pomona's it that you can easily double, triple (or more!) the recipe and it still always sets up well.

Regina said...

hi heather,
you are a lucky girl......you have so many apricots.mmmh your cake looks sooooooooooooo good.apricot jam
is also very delicious.
love regina

erin said...

oh, delish! we still have apricots here (coming from your way) and i'm hoping the market this afternoon has a few left. want to try this and the jam with pamona's...hope i can find it here.

The Finicky Farmer said...

What lovely pictures! Can't wait to try to the cake recipe...