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A Lesson in Making Apricot Lavender Jam

David Scott Allen shared his experience in Santa Fe, New Mexico, last summer. The destination is known for its art scene, outdoor opera (Santa Fe Opera), and creative New Mexican cuisine. However, a much less known fact about Santa Fe is the number of apricots that grow there. During their visit, they picked four pounds of apricots from a friend’s tree. Then this issue was what to do with the bounty? David turned the fruit into a very flavourful apricot jam with vanilla, lime, and lavender during their visit.

Read the original article “A Plethora” for details of their trip and photos of Santa Fe.

apricot jam recipe

Apricot Jam with Vanilla, Lime and Lavender

blankDavid Scott Allen
Apricot Jam is the perfect spread for your morning toast to brighten your day. A mix of apricots, vanilla, lime, and lavender to create a tasteful jam.
Prep Time 25 mins
Cook Time 50 mins
Total Time 1 hr 15 mins
Course Condiment
Cuisine American
Servings 7.5 Half Pint Jars

Ingredients
  

  • 3.5 lbs Pitted Apricots
  • 10 Apricot Pits
  • 1 Vanilla Bean
  • 1 tsp Culinary Lavender Buds crushed
  • 1.5 pound Sugar
  • 2 tbsp Lemon Juice half a lemon
  • 2 tbsp Lime Juice 1 lime

Instructions
 

  • Pit the apricots making sure to remove any blemishes. Discard apricot if the surrounding of the pit is brown.
  • Cut the vanilla bean into eight (8) pieces. Crack the reserved apricot pits with a pair of pliers.
  • Place the vanilla bean pieces and cracked apricot pits on a piece of cheesecloth and tie them together into a bundle.
  • Combine the pitted apricots with sugar, lavender, and lemon juice. Stir together and allow to macerate for 10 minutes. Set two small plates in the freezer.
  • Scrape the apricot mixture into a large pot set on medium-high heat. Add the cheesecloth bag, and bring the mixture to a boil. Stir often to keep the bottom from sticking.
  • After 15 minutes, add the lime juice, stir, and allow to return to a boil. Reduce heat to medium and let the mixture simmer for 10 minutes.
  • To test the jam, put a small spoonful on a plate into the freezer. If it doesn't move easily when it gels, it is ready. If it runs when you tilt the plate, cook another 5-10 minutes and test again. Then, remove the cheesecloth bag and discard.
  • Optional Step: Use an immersion blender to purée some of the mixture, stir to blend. Adds a mixture of texture.
  • Divide the jam among 7-8 sterilized 1/2-pint jars. Wipe rims clean and top with sterilized lids. Screw on the rings (not too tightly) and process in boiling water for 10 minutes.
  • Remove and allow to cool. When you hear the "button" in the middle of the lid ping the seal is set. (If it doesn't ping on its own lightly press with your finger and it should pop). If you have any issues with sealing the jar — keep refrigerated.

Notes

The kernel inside the apricot pit adds an almond-like flavour to the jam.
Keyword Apricots, Jams, Jelly, Vanilla
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David Scott Allen

David Scott Allen

David Scott Allen is the author, photographer, and cook behind Cocoa & Lavender, a weekly food blog based in Tucson, Arizona. Passionate about travel, he especially enjoys eating traditional foods and learning local customs, whether in the United States or around the globe.

David's first trip to France took place when he was 14, and he returned as often as possible thereafter. However, it wasn't until his 50th birthday that he finally made it south to Provence. The beauty, history, charm, warmth, cuisine, and - of course - the rosé wines captured his heart. He shares his Provençal recipes here on Perfectly Provence, and his food and wine pairings monthly on the Provence WineZine.

David is a firm believer that sharing a meal with friends around the table is one of life's greatest pleasures. And if it happens to be in Provence, all the better!

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