Natural apricot spread

    Natural apricot spread

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    About this recipe: Use this natural apricot spread to replace jam and marmalade. This spread is an excellent natural sweetener for porridge, smoothies and yoghurt. It may also be added to savoury dishes like Middle Eastern tagine dishes or sauces like tomato sauce in place of sugar.

    MussarratButt Greater Manchester, England, UK

    Ingredients
    Serves: 8 

    • 130g dried apricots
    • bicarbonate of soda
    • water

    Method
    Prep:10min  ›  Extra time:2hr soaking  ›  Ready in:2hr10min 

    1. Wash the dried apricots with a solution of bicarbonate soda in water or use a specialised soap for washing fruits and vegetables to remove surface dirt.
    2. Cover the washed fruit with filtered water and leave until the fruit is soft in texture. This may take around 2 to 4 hours depending on how dry the apricots are. I left mine for around 6 hours to rehydrate.
    3. When the apricots have hydrated they should be plump. Drain away the soak water.
    4. Check the hydrated apricots for any stones which need to be removed before blending. I had to slit my apricots to remove the stones.
    5. Puree the apricots in a blender to make a paste.
    6. Store in a glass jar and keep refrigerated. Use within 2 to 3 weeks.

    Tip

    The fibre contained within this apricot spread ensures its fruit sugar is not quickly released into the blood causing blood sugar to spike. Apricot spread contains small amounts of the B vitamins and is a dietary source of minerals like iron, magnesium, potassium, calcium and copper and the antioxidants vitamin C.

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