Apricots are a wonderful tasting fruit to use in a variety of different recipes.If you have an apricot tree growing in your back yard then there are many things that you can do with them. They are beautiful to eat fresh straight from the tree, or make some apricot jam from those softer ones before they go off. You can dry them and use them in many other tasty recipes.

 Apricot Jam

Ingredients 

  • 1/3 cup water
  • 4 cups sugar
  • 1-1/2 kg Apricots

 Method

Wash the Apricots, cut in half and remove stones. Keep 1/2 of the kernels, crack these and place in large saucepan with fruit add the water. Boil until soft then add the sugar. Continue stirring to prevent sticking until it thickens. Pour jam into hot sterilized jars and seal while hot.

 Tip: The Kernels help the jam to set and also add more flavor.

Dehydrate or drying Apricots: If you have plenty of fresh apricots then I would suggest you keep so

me of your good ones and dehydrate them.Not only can you use these for a variety of recipes, they will also take up less room to store, and still keep their nutrition.You will also

know that they have

no chemicals added during the process.

As this is a fairly long process I suggest you do a Google search for details on the dehydration process.

Apricot Slice

These are very nutritional and a great snack to give the kids in their lunches or after school snacks. 

Ingredients 

  • 1 cup crushed cornflakes
  • 1 cup Rolled oats
  • 1 cup coconut
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup diced dried apricots
  • 125 grams margarine or butter
  • 1 tablespoon honey or golden syrup

 

Method

Place all dry ingredients into a large bowl and mix together.In a saucepan melt butter and honey or golden syrup on a low heat. Pour this over the dry ingredients and mix well.Press mixture firmly into a lined lamington tray.

Bake in moderate oven for 20 minutes until brown on 180 degrees.Depending on your choice you can cut into bars or squares when cooled.You can add an icing on top, although it will not be quite as healthy.

Apricot and Almond sliver Crumble

Ingredients

 

  • 15-20 Apricots (fresh is best or if have dried apricots, soak in water for half an hour)
  • 125 gram plain flour
  • 100 gram sugar (prefer caster)
  • 2 tbls caster sugar
  • 50 gram shredded coconut
  • 100 gram ground or slivers of almonds
  • 1 teasp cinnamon
  • 1/2 teasp allspice
  • 180 gram soft butter or margarine

 

 

Method

 

 

 

Preheat oven to 180 degrees.If using fresh apricots you need to cut them in half and remove kernels. Place these across the base of shallow baking dish. If using dried apricots soak these at least half an hour beforehand, or you could dice them up and still spread across base of dish.

 

 

Sprinkle the 2 tablespoons of castor sugar over apricots.In a mixing bowl add all the dry ingredients and rub in the butter until it resembles bread crumbs.Sprinkle this over the apricots and bake in the oven for about 30 minutes or until top is golden brown.