Dried Apricots Using Ripe Fruit

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.

Dried Apricots
Dried Apricots
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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.

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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.
Dried Apricots

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Dried Apricots
 
Make these when you have an abundance of fresh fruit
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Ingredients
  • 250g apricots, depipped and quartered
Method
  1. Preheat the oven to 80° Celsius
  2. Place the apricots, cut side up onto a wire rack lined with baking paper
  3. Bake for an hour, remove from the oven and turn, cut side down
  4. Return to the oven and bake for an hour
  5. Remove from the oven and turn, cut side up
  6. Return to the oven and bake for 6 hours
  7. Turn the oven off and leave the apricots to cool in the oven
  8. 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.

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17 thoughts on “Dried Apricots Using Ripe Fruit

  1. We are in the middle of stone fruit season so very timely post Tandy! What is it about 4am? I generally wake around that time and if I am not careful I start my mental checklist….then I’m a ‘goner’ …. nothing for it but to get up 😳

  2. I can’t believe how easy it is to make dried apricots. I love them and also dried peaches but they give me a stomach ache so I don’t eat them any more. I also had a strange dream over the holidays. I woke up in a panic. I got up and wrote it down as it is a great horror book idea.

  3. I sometimes dry apricots from a friend’s tree. He doesn’t like them, but I sure do! I don’t dream very often, but when I do it’s when I wake up early and then fall back asleep and my dreams are so WEIRD! Hope you have a really good 2019, I know I’m sure going to try to!

    xxoo,

    RMW

  4. I’m not a fan of fresh apricots and I think it’s because what’s available in Qld is pretty dire. On the other hand, I really enjoy dried apricots and even break my rule about imports and will buy Turkish ones as I think they are the best. So, I’m not likely to make the recipe but it’s good to know that it can be done.

    1. I also prefer Turkish apricots but they grow here so I don’t feel bad about buying them. Like you, I try not to buy imports.

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