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Apricots in vanilla-brandy syrup

Australian Gourmet Traveller recipe for apricots in vanilla-brandy syrup.

By Emma Knowles & Lisa Featherby
  • Serves 8
  • 10 mins preparation
  • 10 mins cooking plus cooling
Apricots in vanilla-brandy syrup
Apricots in vanilla-brandy syrup

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.


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


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    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.
  • Author: Emma Knowles & Lisa Featherby