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Brandied Apricots

Brandied Apricots

Brandied Apricots

These brandied apricots make brilliant gifts and should keep for up to a year. Add some ribbon and a personalised tag for a thoughtful Christmas gift or Secret Santa present.

Prep: 5 mins plus cooling time
Cook Time: 5 mins


Cover the apricots with the water and sugar and leave to soak overnight. Put into a saucepan with the orange peel and star anise. Bring up to a simmer, cook for a few minutes, then spoon the apricots into sterilised jars.

Continue simmering the syrup for 3-4 mins until lightly thickened. Add the brandy, then pour over the fruit. Put on the lids to the jars and ideally leave for a few weeks to mellow.

To use, purée some of the apricots with a little of the syrup, and serve with the meringues, some yoghurt, ice cream or ricotta.


500g dried apricots

1½ cups water

1 cup caster sugar

3 star anise

a few strips of mixed peel

1 cup brandy

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