Apricot Adoration

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If you are on a diet but you are craving something sweet, apricots are your best friend! A few apricot benefits for you to enjoy include high fiber and low caloric content. Apricots are a sweet treat that will leave you satisfied without breaking your diet!

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Dried Apricots

Make a batch of dried apricots right at home using a food dehydrator. Dehydrated apricots can be used in so many ways—pies, compote, jam and more! For full list of ingredients, please head to Easy Food Dehydrating.

Thoroughly wash fresh apricots before cutting them in half and removing the pits. Mix one cup of sugar, two cups of water and one cup of light corn syrup. Bring the mixture to a boil and add no more than 2 pounds of apricot to the pan. Allow to simmer for 10 minutes. Let the fruits cool in the pan for half an hour. Rinse with cold water and arrange apricots in the dehydrator trays—do not overlap. Turn on the food dehydrator in between 125°F and 135°F. Allow to dry for 8-16 hours. Store dried apricots in an airtight food storage.

Dehydrated food has plenty of benefits and uses. Now that you have dried apricots, let us get the party started! Let’s start with a delicious apricot jam.

Homemad Apricot Jam

A good homemade jam never goes out of style and one of the best jams is apricot jam! For full list of ingredients, please head to The Idea Room.

Start by sterilizing your canning jars by placing them in a boiling water bath for 10 minutes. Crush dried apricots to create chunks and mash the chunks with the use of a potato masher. Place all ingredients in a large stock pot. Allow the mixture to come to a boil over medium heat. Stir from time to time. Once the mixture has reached a rolling boil, continue boiling it for 30 more minutes stirring frequently. Test the apricot jam to see if it is ready by putting a small plate in the freezer. Pull out the plate after a few minutes and place a small amount of jam on it. If the jam jells, it is ready to be removed from heat. Fill the canning jars with the jam, leaving about ¼ head space. Place filled cans in boiling water canner for 10 minutes. Up next, we have another healthy and delicious apricot dessert.

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Baked Brie with Apricot Preserves

Apricot preserves are a perfect match for baked brie. This dry fruit brings out the flavor of brie. For full list of ingredients, please head to The Queen Bee Coupons.

Place brie in baking dish with elevated edges. Top it with apricot preserves. Place pieces of almond on top. Cover the tray with foil. Bake the brie for 12-14 minutes at 400°F. Bake until the cheese has melted or when the preserve is crystallized on top. Serve warm and enjoy this delicious dessert with French bread slices.