Dried Apricots in Clove Syrup

I discovered the delight of combining dried apricots and cloves at a breakfast at the Jeddah Conference Palace in Saudi Arabia. The apricots used in this recipe may be prepared a day in advance and stored in the refrigerator.

1 1/2 cups sugar
1 strip lemon peel
2 teaspoons fresh-squeezed lemon juice
11 ounces dried apricots
1 teaspoon {whole cloves}, in a cheesecloth spice bag
1 stick cinnamon
To make syrup, combine sugar with 1/2 cup water, lemon zest, and lemon juice in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Stir to combine and cook until all sugar is dissolved. Once sugar is dissolved, stop stirring the syrup and add apricots, whole cloves, and cinnamon stick. Mix well and simmer 5 minutes, or until apricots become plump.

Remove from heat and cool. Remove cinnamon stick and cloves and transfer to a serving bowl. Serve at room temperature or cold.

Ease of Preparation: Easy

Preparation Time: 5 min

Cook Time: 10-15 min

Servings: 4 to 6

Recipe By: Amy Riolo

From:  Arabian Delights
Used with permission of Amy Riolo

Chef Suggestions
You can strain the leftover apricots and serve them over plain yogurt for breakfast with a dash of cinnamon.