Apricot Jam Recipe

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Indulge in the sweet simplicity of homemade apricot jam, a delightful preserve that captures the essence of ripe apricots in every spoonful. This easy-to-follow recipe allows you to savor the natural sweetness of apricots while creating a versatile jam that can elevate a variety of dishes.

Spread generously on a slice of freshly baked bread or a warm scone, apricot jam unveils its versatile nature. Its sweet embrace is equally at home in breakfast spreads as it is in gourmet pairings with cheeses or as a glaze for savory dishes. In the kitchen, apricot jam becomes a culinary muse, inspiring creations that dance between the realms of sweet and savory.

Apricot Jam

Apricot Jam Recipe

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Course Appetizer, Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine American, Mediterranean
Servings 4 Cups
Calories 3.2 kcal

Equipment

  • Large, heavy-bottomed saucepan
  • Wooden spoon or heat-resistant spatula
  • Cutting board and knife
  • Citrus juicer (for lemon juice)
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Sterilized glass jars with lids
  • Canning funnel optional
  • Chilled plate for doneness test

Ingredients
  

  • 2 pounds fresh apricots pitted and chopped
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract optional

Instructions
 

  • Prepare the Apricots:
    Wash and pit the fresh apricots. Chop them into small, uniform pieces. Leave the skins on for added texture and color.
  • Combine Ingredients:
    In a large, heavy-bottomed saucepan, combine the chopped apricots, sugar, and lemon juice. Stir well to ensure the sugar is evenly distributed
  • Maceration:
    Allow the apricots to macerate in the sugar for about 1-2 hours. This process helps draw out the natural juices of the fruit.
  • Cooking:
    Place the saucepan over medium heat and bring the mixture to a gentle boil. Stir frequently to prevent sticking.
    Once boiling, reduce the heat to a simmer. Continue cooking, stirring occasionally, until the jam reaches the desired consistency. This typically takes about 20-30 minutes.
  • Testing for Doneness:
    To check if the jam is ready, place a small amount on a chilled plate. If it wrinkles and holds its shape when touched, it's done.
  • Optional: Add Vanilla Extract:
    If desired, stir in vanilla extract for an extra layer of flavor. This step adds a subtle depth to the jam.
  • Cooling and Jarring:
    Allow the jam to cool slightly before transferring it to sterilized jars. A canning funnel can be helpful for this step.
    Seal the jars tightly and let them cool completely.
  • Storage:
    Store the apricot jam in a cool, dark place. Once opened, refrigerate for extended freshness.

Notes

The calorie count is an estimate and may vary depending on factors such as the specific ingredients used and the actual serving size. Adjust the serving size based on your dietary preferences and nutritional needs.
Keyword Apricot Jam, Bakery, Jam, Quick & Easy, Syrup
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