Boerenmeisjes (Dutch Brandied Apricots) Recipe

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.
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  • Serves: 15 persons



  1. Step 1

    Gather the ingredients.
  2. Step 2

    Rinse the apricots under running water.
  3. Step 3

    Place the apricots in a large saucepan, along with the sugar and water, and soak for 24 hours.
  4. Step 4

    During that time, sterilize your jam jars .
  5. Step 5

    After 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.
  6. Step 6

    Bring mixture to a boil and then immediately remove the apricots placing the apricots in jars.
  7. Step 7

    Now reduce the remaining liquid until it thickens.
  8. Step 8

    Remove from the heat, allow to cool slightly and add the brandy/cognac and remove the lemon zest.
  9. Step 9

    Spoon the liquid over the apricots and shake.
  10. Step 10

    Seal the jars tightly and store in a cool, dark place for six weeks before consuming.