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History Cookbook: Apricot and Honey Conserve

This recipe is in categories Saxons & Vikings, Vegetarian
About this recipe
Healthiness : (120 votes)
Difficulty:  1 out of 5 difficulty
Comments: The Saxons and Vikings would have mashed everything by hand - this is quite time consuming. Today we can use a food processor which makes it very quick and easy to make.
Preparation Time: 15 minutes de-stoning apricots, 2 minutes in a processor.
Cooking Time: None
Number of servings: This made about 4 jars
Serving suggestions: Serve on toast, with a pudding or with yoghurt.
This is a vegan recipe

Before sugar was available, honey was used both as a sweetener and as a preserve. Fermented honey made an alcoholic drink called mead. We used white grape juice in our conserve. However, the alcohol is the main reason that the apricots don't go off, so I kept my conserve in the fridge and used it within a couple of weeks. It was delicious and we had it on toast, ice cream and with a custard tart.

  • 225g (8oz) honey
  • 225g (8oz) apricots
  • 4 tsps pressed crab apple juice or lemon juice. (This is to add sharpness. The Anglo-Saxons would have used crab apple juice, you can use lemon juice.)
  • 1/2 tsp of sweet cecily seed (If you cannot get this, use cinnamon. It is a good substitute and may have been availabe to the Anglo-Saxons, as it was brought from the east and traded across Europe from very early times.)
  • 2 tbs mead or white grape juice. (Note: this won't keep well without the mead.)
  • Sterilised jam jars
  • Knife
  • Masher or food processor
  • Weighing scales
Making and cooking it
Always wash your hands before preparing food Always wash your hands before preparing food.

  1. Destone the apricots and cut in slices
  2. Slightly mash apricots by hand or use a food processor 
  3. Add the other ingredients and mash or puree all ingredients together
  4. Pour into sterilised (heated) jars or pots and cover well 
NB Once opened, the conserve only lasts a week or two, but unopened jars should last up to 6 months.
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Name: Tegan Ferbrache 14th October 2019
It looks disgusting
Name: HistoryFanatic 10th January 2019
OMG this is sooooooooooooo good!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Name: Chocy12345 8th October 2014
this is not very good
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