Stewed apricots

Stewed apricots
Here is how to make delicious stewed apricots, both an easy and a more sophisticated way.
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Last modified on: August 13th 2014

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Stage 1 - 5 min.
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Wash 1 kg apricots.

Stage 2
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Cut each apricot in two by passing a knife all round the stone.

Stage 3
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Open apricot.

Stage 4 - 20 min.
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Remove stone and set aside.

Do this with all the apricots.

Stage 5
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With a knife, cut out the hard part where the stalk was, and discard.

Stage 6
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Then cut apricot into small pieces.

Stage 7 - 10 min.
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Prepare all apricots like this. Put 2 tablespoons water in a pan and tip in apricots, then 250 g caster sugar and 10 g Vanilla sugar.

It might seem like a lot of sugar, but that's because apricots become very acidic when cooking.

Stage 8 - 30 min.
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Cover and put over medium heat, and leave to cook slowly, stiring from time to time.

Stage 9
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Stewed apricots are cooked when they reach the right consistency for your taste, which means with or without any bits of apricot still showing.

Stage 10
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Your stewed apricots are ready.

Stage 11 - 10 min.
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As a refinement, you can pass the apricots through a strainer with a soft spatula...

Stage 12
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Stage 13
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You will then get very smooth stewed apricots, a purée, almost a coulis.

Stage 14 - 10 min.
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Another refinement: you can use the kernels inside the stones which are edible.
Stewed apricots can be used like jam for breakfast - delicious on buttered toast.
Several days in the fridge, in a closed jar.
Nutritional information
Whole recipe
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
1,448 Kcal or 6,062 Kj10 gr360 gr0 gr
72 %4 %34 %0 %
Per 100 g
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
112 Kcal or 469 Kj1 gr28 gr0 gr
6 %<1 %3 %0 %
% are calculated relative to a Recommended Dietary Intake or RDI of 2000 k-calories or 8400 k-joules by day for a woman (change to a man).
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  • For 1 kg : 6.46 €

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  • Because it's not needed.
    Posted by jh july 17th 2021 at 10:15 (n° 14)
  • Why don't you use lemon?
    Posted by Elinor july 16th 2021 at 20:49 (n° 13)
  • You can use for your 1kg of nectarines (I guess with skin and cores?) about 100g of sugar, because nectarines are much less sour than apricot, and 4 spoon of water.
    Other way: peel your fruits, dispose cores, cut in pieces, add sugar, no water, cover and let rest for the night. This will make a syrup during the night, useful for cooking the day after, and no need of water.
    Posted by jh february 11th 2018 at 10:35 (n° 12)
  • I want to stew 1 kg of nectarines How much water and sugar should I add please? I followed your stewed apricot recipe and they were beautiful. Thankyou
    Posted by Gayle february 9th 2018 at 02:49 (n° 11)
  • Preservation: Several days in the fridge, in a closed jar
    Posted by jh december 29th 2017 at 11:53 (n° 10)
  • How long will stewed apricots keep before freezing
    Posted by Barbara december 29th 2017 at 11:26 (n° 9)
  • Greatest taste ever, will make this again
    Posted by Miggles december 18th 2017 at 06:55 (n° 8)
  • Stewed apricots go very well condensed milk
    Posted by KJC december 29th 2013 at 14:18 (n° 7)
  • Honey in place of honey ? Sorry, I'm not sure to understand the question.
    Posted by jh august 21th 2013 at 09:02 (n° 6)
  • To the New Zealander who used local honey... about how much honey did you use in place of honey? Or perhaps the author of the recipe has an idea? Sounds delicious.
    Posted by Naomi august 20th 2013 at 22:35 (n° 5)
  • This was a goood recipe, but I did think that it was too sweet. Next time I will cut back on the amount of sugar. Yummy with plain yoghurt, but too sweet to have with icecream. Thanks for the recipe!
    Posted by Kerry march 11th 2012 at 00:47 (n° 4)
  • You can use it in several express dessert, for example:- In a glass a layer of stewed apricots, and then a layer of mascarpone cream (see new tiramisu recipe).- On top of a riz au lait- Inside a quatre-quartsAnd my favourite, mixed with some crème chantilly.
    Posted by jh december 20th 2011 at 08:34 (n° 3)
  • About how long does this take and is there anything that I can use this for? You mentioned like jam on toast... But is there a way that I can incorporate it into a dessert? The internet is not helping at the moment...
    Posted by Black_Maxx december 20th 2011 at 00:28 (n° 2)
  • Have just used this recipe with our new season apricots in Central Otago, New Zealand. Substituted local pure clover honey for sugar - divine! Thank you.
    Posted by Grimmee january 11th 2011 at 00:36 (n° 1)
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