Bottled Apricots

Preparation time: 20 mins
Cooking time: 45 mins
Serves: 4 bottles


  • 36 apricots
  • thickly-sliced zest of 4 oranges
  • 800g caster sugar
  • 4 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 tsp black peppercorns


1 Halve the apricots and place into sterilised jars with the orange zest. Combine the sugar, cinnamon and pepper in a saucepan with 2L water and boil rapidly for 45 minutes, until reduced by half. Strain, pour over the apricots, then fit the lids.

2 Place the bottles in a pot of boiling water and simmer for 30 minutes, ensuring the water covers the bottles completely. Remove from the water and allow to cool, then refrigerate.