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A super easy recipe for traditional Greek spiced apricot spoon sweet
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: preserves
Cuisine: Greek
Servings: 2 jars
Author: Karon Grieve


  • 500 g/1lb 2 oz fresh apricots
  • 250 g/9 oz granulated sugar
  • 150 ml/5 fl oz water
  • 1 lemon juiced
  • 1/2 cinnamon stick
  • 1 star anise
  • 1 vanilla pod


  • Cut the apricots in half and remove the stones
  • 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.
  • Keeps for up to 4 months in the fridge