Boerenmeisjes (Dutch Brandied Apricots) Recipe
Boerenmeisjes, apricots preserved in brandy, are a Dutch regional specialty from Groningen. You'll love these brandied apricots over vanilla ice-cream.
- Serves: 15 persons
- 1 ⅔cups water
- 4cups dried apricots
- 1cup sugar
- 1lemon, zested
- 1cup brandy
Step 1Gather the ingredients.
Step 2Rinse the apricots under running water.
Step 3Place the apricots in a large saucepan, along with the sugar and water, and soak for 24 hours.
Step 4During that time, sterilize your jam jars .
Step 5After 24 hours, remove the lemon zest by slicing the skin off the lemon (you should have three or four strips of lemon skin) and add lemon zest to the saucepan with the apricots and water.
Step 6Bring mixture to a boil and then immediately remove the apricots placing the apricots in jars.
Step 7Now reduce the remaining liquid until it thickens.
Step 8Remove from the heat, allow to cool slightly and add the brandy/cognac and remove the lemon zest.
Step 9Spoon the liquid over the apricots and shake.
Step 10Seal the jars tightly and store in a cool, dark place for six weeks before consuming.