Dried Apricot and Pumpkin Jam

"From Sue Ruchel's book "Windfalls". This recipe is her Gran's secret recipe and you can't really taste the pumpkin. The yield is a guestimate."
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Ready In:
3 jars




  • Soak the apricots overnight in 500 ml of water.
  • The next day, peel the pumpkin into small chunks and cook gently in the rest of the water and lemon juice.
  • Pour in the soaked apricots and water and cook for a further 10 minutes.
  • Add the sugar and bring to the boil again, stirring until the sugar is dissolved.
  • Bottle and seal.

Questions & Replies

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  1. Deborah G.
    English please!!


  1. Artandkitchen
    Yummy!<br/>We got a pot of this jam from form JustJanS as we visited her and we continued our trip travelling with a campervan.<br/>We loved this jam in the morning with toasted bread and especially with pancakes!<br/>Thanks a lot to Jan again and to you for this recipe.
  2. eva_anita
    I made this but used a bit more water and only 500g of sugar. I think with 1kg it would be sickly sweet, something I don't like. I am giving this recipe 5 starts because the amount of sugar can be easily adjusted to everybody's taste and it's a very interesting combination - even people who say they don't like pumpkin - like the jam. You are right, you can't taste the pumpkin, I don't know if it's good or bad because I've never eaten pumpkin flesh before, only seeds. I had to use blender because maybe my pieces were too big and generally I cooked for more time than in the recipe - until the pumpkin was soft. I think this jam will be great on the waffles and not only. Thank you for posting!
  3. JustJanS
    What a great recipe-simple, quick, a great way of extending my expensive dried apricots and yummy. Thanks for posting
  4. moondragon5404
    I used organic apricots so it was pretty dark. Yummy.


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