Preserved Apricots with Bourbon and Vanilla
This recipe makes 7 cups servings
|Per 1/2 cup (125 mL): about||-|
|sat. fat||0 g|
- Portion size: 7 cups (1.75 L)
Bourbon-laced apricots make an elegant dessert to serve on their own or over pound or angel cake. Choose firm, barely ripe apricots so they maintain their shape during cooking. A substitute for the vanilla bean is 2 tsp (10 mL) vanilla added to the boiled syrup.
- 1 cup 1cupgranulated sugar
- 1 cup 1cupwater
- 8 cups 8cupspitted and halved firm apricotapricots, (about 3 lb./1.5 g)
- 1 1vanilla beanvanilla beans, split
- 2/3 cup 2/3cupbourbon, amber rum or brandy
In large shallow Dutch oven, bring sugar and water to boil. Add apricots and vanilla bean; reduce heat to medium. Cover with circle of parchment paper and lid; simmer, stirring occasionally, until apricots are slightly tender, about 5 minutes.
Reserving syrup, drain apricots. Place apricots in hot 1-cup (250 mL) canning jars. Divide bourbon among jars.
Return syrup to boil over high heat; boil until reduced to about 1-1/4 cups (300 mL), about 4 minutes. Pour into jars, leaving 1/2-inch (1 cm) headspace. Remove any air bubbles, readjusting headspace if necessary. If necessary, wipe rims. Cover with prepared lids. Screw on bands until resistance is met; increase to fingertip tight. Boil in boiling water canner for 20 minutes.
Source : Canadian Living Magazine: August 2006