Untouched by Time
It is fascinating how, sometimes, there are certain things that remain as fresh as you remember them, carrying in their core the memory of a season or a specific time and place, without the dust of time that usually alters your initial feeling.
This kind of authentic magic can always be found in the art of preserving fresh fruit. In the cold of the season, a little bit of summer can always bring much more sunshine on your face, sweetness to your senses and the perfect alibi to your sweet tooth cravings.
Apricot preserve carries the spirit of sun-kissed fruit, untouched by the passing of time, straight in the heart of winter. It does wonders when it sits side by side with a freshly baked vanilla cake, it elevates the coolness of ice cream and it gloriously stands alone, next to a carefully brewed cup of tea or coffee.
This preserve is so good it would be a shame not to share it with the people you love. Why not place some in a nice jar (you can find beautiful ones in many stores) and turn it into a nice give away present for your dinner guests?
Oh, the sweet luxury of life found in such simple things…
Dried Apricot Preserve with Almonds
450 g dried apricots
50 g whole blanched almonds
570 ml water
450 g dark soft brown sugar
½ cup lemon juice
1. In a large bowl, cover the apricots in water and soak overnight.
2. The next day, place the apricots, along with the water in which they soaked in a large pan and simmer gently, about 30 minutes, or until they are very tender.
3. Add the sugar and — while keeping the heat very low — stir gently. When the sugar has dissolved, turn the heat up to high. Add the lemon juice and almonds. Boil rapidly for 15 minutes, stirring from time to time.
4. Let it stand for 15 minutes to allow it to settle. Ladle the warm apricot preserve into sterilized jars. Process the jars for 10 minutes in a boiling water bath and then seal. The sealed jars may be stored in a cool, dark place for up to 1 year. If opened, store the jar in the refrigerator for up to 1 month.
Makes 4 jars of 350 ml capacity.