[Sca-cooks] Uses for fresh apricots???
Huette von Ahrens
ahrenshav at yahoo.com
Sun Aug 3 21:22:21 PDT 2008
Apricots are probably one of the easiest of the stoned fruits to can. We have/had a wonderful apricot tree that has consistantly overproduced for decades. Unfortunately, while in the middle of ripening this year, half the tree split off and the tree is very sick and will be cut down as soon as I can afford it. Sigh. But I plan on planting another as soon as possible. One year, Mom and I canned 56 quarts of apricots just from our tree alone.
Another suggestion is to make apricot cobbler. Here is a recipe:
16 fresh apricots (2 LB), sliced
1/3 cup sugar
1 tbsp flour
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup yellow cornmeal
1/4 tsp salt
1-1/2 tbsp plus 1 tsp sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp grated orange peel
5 tbsp unsalted butter, chilled
3/4 cup low-fat milk
1. Heat oven to 375°F.
2. Combine apricots and 1/3 cup sugar; set aside.
3. Combine dry ingredients; reserve 1 tsp sugar.
4. Stir in orange peel
5. Cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse meal.
7. Add milk; stir just to moisten dry ingredients.
8. Combine fruit in buttered 1-1/2-quart baking dish;
spoon batter over top.
9. Sprinkle with remaining sugar.
10. Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until golden brown.
11. Cool slightly and serve.
Makes 8 servings
Here is a recipe I use called Chinese Apricot Chicken. I don't know if it really is a Chinese recipe, but it uses some Chinese ingredients.
1 whole chicken (4 LB), cut up
1/2 cup rice wine vinegar or white wine vinegar
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup sugar
3 tbsp soy sauce
2 tbsp sherry
3 tbsp catsup
2 tbsp cornstarch
2 tbsp peanut oil
6 fresh apricots (3/4 LB), halved
3 green onions, cut into 2-inch slivers
1. Cut chicken parts into 2-inch pieces, using a
cleaver, whacking straight down through the bone
(or have a butcher do it for you).
2. Combine vinegar, water, sugar, soy sauce, sherry,
catsup, and cornstarch for sauce; set aside.
3. In a wok or large frying pan, heat oil and stir-fry
chicken over high heat 10 minutes or until tender
and golden brown.
4. Add apricots; stir-fry 1 minute.
5. Pour sauce mixture over chicken; cook, stirring
6. Garnish with green onion slivers.
Makes 6 servings
--- On Sat, 8/2/08, S CLEMENGER <sclemenger at msn.com> wrote:
> From: S CLEMENGER <sclemenger at msn.com>
> Subject: [Sca-cooks] Uses for fresh apricots???
> To: "Cooks within the SCA" <sca-cooks at lists.ansteorra.org>
> Date: Saturday, August 2, 2008, 10:59 AM
> Hello, all!
> I'm looking for recipes (period or not) that make use
> of fresh apricots. While doing my cardio yesterday (I walk
> outside, using the hiking/trail system in town), I found a
> gi-NORMOUS tree with almost-ripe apricots, quite free for
> the picking. I'll use about a half-gallon of them for
> liqueur, and probably more for a batch of conserves, or
> maybe some sort of simple, fresh tart? (a gallete, maybe?
> did I spell that correctly?)
> After that, I run out of ideas....
> p.s. I thought of drying them, but don't have a food
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