Apricot and Brandy Jam

Recipe by Dee514
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READY IN: 12hrs 40mins
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
  • 2
    cups dried apricot halves, halved
  • 2 12
    cups water
  • 1
    orange (juice and grated peel)
  • 1 14
    cups sugar
  • 12
    teaspoon almond extract
  • 3
    tablespoons brandy or 3 tablespoons cognac
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DIRECTIONS

  • Combine apricots and water in a bowl, cover, and let stand overnight, or until soft and well plumped (about 12 hours).
  • Combine apricots and their soaking water in saucepan with the orange peel and juice and simmer for 5 minutes.
  • Add the sugar and bring to boil, while stirring.
  • Boil gently, stirring often, until the mixture is thick and shiny and begins to clear the sides of the pan when stirred.
  • While mixture thickens, be sure to stir it continually but gently, so that the fruit does not burn or get squashed (about 30 minutes, but may vary).
  • DO NOT ALLOW THE MIXTURE TO COOK DOWN TO A PUREE; it should retain good-sized bits of apricot.
  • Remove the preserve from heat and stir in almond extract and brandy.
  • Ladle into 3 half-pint canning jars, prepared in usual manner and seal with sterilized 2 piece screw-on lids.
  • Cool and let mellow several weeks or more before serving.
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