This dried apricot recipe came about because I did not want my apricots to go to waste. They were getting soft and drying them seemed like a really good idea.
Usually I wake up anywhere from 4am and seldom go back to sleep. During the work week I lie quietly in bed waiting for Dave’s alarm to go off. He gets up at 5h45 to feed the dogs and make coffee. Over weekends he will sleep in and some mornings I wait until 7am before getting up. Since being on leave I have been getting up earlier as there is so much to do. On Boxing Day I woke shortly after 4am and noticed it had been raining during the night. I had not heard the rain and all the windows were still open. The pool deck was wet and that image must have stuck in my mind. I climbed back into bed, turning my thoughts to all the chores I had to accomplish that day. Sometime after 5h30 I must have fallen back asleep.
This is most unusual for me. But I knew I had fallen asleep when I realized I was dreaming. In my dream the eaves of our bedroom floor were under water. The image of the wet deck must have lingered long enough to colour my dream. I don’t usually remember my dreams but this one was weird. Not only was our wooden floor wet, but I was in a van trying to find Patch. It has been over three years since we put her to sleep but we had been talking about her the day before so this was another carry over. Also, my mother and I had been chatting about their backpacks and how useful they were. And in my dream she had a suitcase which opened up into a vanity table. I am not sure how that weirdness came about.
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- 250g apricots, depipped and quartered
- Preheat the oven to 80° Celsius
- Place the apricots, cut side up onto a wire rack lined with baking paper
- Bake for an hour, remove from the oven and turn, cut side down
- Return to the oven and bake for an hour
- Remove from the oven and turn, cut side up
- Return to the oven and bake for 6 hours
- Turn the oven off and leave the apricots to cool in the oven
- Store in an airtight container and use as needed
Dave and I are back at work but not yet in full swing. My plan is to get my first orders of the year sorted out today.