Get the sweet taste of greece with this delightful Greek spiced apricot spoon sweets. This traditional greek preserve tastes just like sunshine captured in a jar.
I’m mixing the true traditions of Larder Love here with my love of Greek cooking in this Spiced Apricot Spoon Sweet which is a traditional type of Greek preserve.
Spoon sweets are served just by the spoonful (hence the name) with a cup of strong Greek coffee after a meal or when guests come to call.
What are spoon sweets?
The Greeks make spoon sweets out of all sorts of fruits and even vegetables and these charming and tasty little delicacies are traditionally brought out and served when visitors came to call.
They are served alongside a glass of water and very often Greek coffee.
Every island has it’s own seciality of spoon sweets. Here in Crete grape spoon sweets are the most popular.
Meanwhile in nearby Santorini they use their wonderful tomatoes to make delicious tomato spoon sweets.
How to serve spiced apricot spoon sweets
I like to serve my apricot spoon sweet either as a little dessert (this is very sweet so a little goes a long way) on its own after a meal with a cup of strong Greek coffee (or go for espresso).
You can also use this spoon sweet stirred into Greek yogurt to lift it into another dimension.
Try these spoon sweets on an antipasti platter, the apricot goes really well with cured meats.
Use as a glaze when rasting chicken, ham or pork.
This spoon sweet is also great added to some Asian inspired dishes when you want that delicious sweet fruity taste.
Or you can also add a spoonful of this sweet fruity syrup to the bottom of a champagne glass and top it up with bubbles of choice!
I love the touch of heat in these spiced apricot spoon sweets. Apricots on their own though delicious can sometimes need just a little boost on the flavour side.
Adding vanilla, cinnamon and star anise really lifts their flavour and makes this spiced apricot spoon sweet really pack a punch and tickle those taste buds.
Remember to sterilise your jars before use.
How much does recipe make?
I made one big jar but you could get 2 smaller jars from this recipe.
So there you are, a wee touch of Greek style Larder Love from me over here in Crete.
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Greek spiced apricot spoon sweets
- 500 g apricots fresh
- 250 g granulated sugar
- 150 ml water
- 1 lemon juice
- 1/2 cinnamon stick
- 1 star anise
- 1 vanilla pod
- Cut the apricots in half and remove the stones/pits
- Heat the water and sugar in a pan on a gentle heat until the sugar has completely dissolved and simmer for 10 minutes to create a syrup
- Add the apricot halves, cinnamon stick, star anise and the vanilla pod making sure you slit it in half lengthways first and scoop out seeds into pan as well as stick
- Cook for 10 minutes or until the apricots are soft and tender but not gone to mush
- Remove from heat, cover pan and set aside for 24 hours
- Remove the apricots and all spices with a slotted spoon, discard spices and set aside the apricots
- Boil the syrup and bring to 110C/230F which will take about 10 minutes
- Remove from heat, add the lemon juice and the apricots and stir gently.
- Ladle into sterile jars.