Another post which isn’t a chocolate one – yet! It will be used for a future chocolate recipe though. Apricots are the ingredient chosen by Chele for this month’s We Should Cocoa. Don’t you just love the colour of apricots? I certainly do. When I saw a recipe for Apricot Curd over at Home Baked, it seemed like a useful thing to have to hand. Not that I have yet decided what I’m going to make – several ideas are still circulating in my mind. I used a slightly different method to Hannah as I’d heard whisking the lemon juice into the eggs helped to “cook” the eggs, so wanted to do that bit first. I also used a little less sugar as I don’t like things too sweet and the sugar I used was cardamom sugar – an idea I got from hearing about Vanessa Kimbell’s book Prepped.
This is what I did:
- Simmered 4 large stoned and chopped apricots (225g) in a splash of water for about 10 minutes until soft.
- Grated the zest from an organic lemon and squeezed out the juice.
- Whisked this together with 2 duck eggs in a bowl large enough to sit on a pan of simmering water.
- Placed the bowl on the pan and whisked in 200g cardamom sugar.
- Added the apricots and continued to whisk.
- Whisked occasionally until the mixture was thick enough to coat the back of a spoon.
- Strained through a sieve (there were a few hard threads in the apricots which would have given an unpleasant texture).
- Poured into 3 small sterilised jars.