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Apricots in vanilla-brandy syrup

You'll need

  • 500 gm
  • caster sugar
  • 3
  • cinnamon quills
  • 1
  • vanilla bean, split and seeds scraped
  • 8
  • apricots, halved, stones discarded
  • 250 ml
  • brandy

Method

  • 01
  • Combine sugar, cinnamon, vanilla bean and seeds and 310ml water in a saucepan and bring to the boil, stirring to dissolve sugar. Add apricot halves and turn occasionally until just tender (3-5 minutes). Remove apricots with a slotted spoon and transfer to sterilised jars. Cool syrup, then add brandy and pour over apricots, seal jars, stand until cooled, then store in refrigerator. Apricots will keep refrigerated for 2-3 weeks after opening.

Simply serve the apricots with vanilla ice-cream or double cream. You can use the leftover syrup in cocktails or drizzle it over fresh fruit salads. Makes 1.25 litres.

At A Glance

  • Serves 8 people
  • 10 min preparation
  • 10 min cooking (plus cooling)
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At A Glance

  • Serves 8 people
  • 10 min preparation
  • 10 min cooking (plus cooling)

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