Linderhof


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Welcome to Linderhof, our 1920's home on the prairie, where there's usually something in the oven, flowers in the garden for tabletops and herbs in the garden for cooking. Where, when company comes, the teapot is always on and there are cookies and cakes to share in the larder.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Apricots


At Linderhof, we make our own liqueurs. From fruit, sugar and vodka. We put them in apothecary jars and put the jars on a shelf in the back pantry. Aging them for at least six months before we decant the delicious nectar to sip every so slowly after dinner.


A favorite is the apricot "brandy" that we make. It's simple and you don't have to wait until apricot season for it uses dried apricots!
Once sufficiently aged, into one of the Waterford decanters it goes. To be put on the living room sideboard, awaiting being poured into the wee cordial glasses that we collect.
And the "boozy" apricots? They get dipped into chocolate for gift giving at Christmastime or to serve at an Open House or party that we might give during the holidays.
The liqueur of the apricot brandy is a beautiful golden color and the liqueur is syrupy sweet with a flavor of apricots. Husband Jim always pronounces it superb!

APRICOT BRANDY

4 cups sugar
1/2 gallon Vodka (I use Barton)
2 pounds apricots (Sam's is a good source)

Put all of the ingredients into a jar. Stir together. Add a palmful of allspice and a couple of cinnamon sticks. Let sit for about 4 months before decanting.

It's Friday and time to join Michael at Designs by Gollum to see what other goodies have been cooked up this week.


30 comments:

From the Kitchen said...

What a delicious idea! Thank you for sharing. As soon as it stops snowing, I'm going to shop for apricots, vodka and chocolate. I think we are headed for a Valentine's treat.

Stine in Ontario said...

Thanks for the recipe! Sounds delightful.

The Tablescaper said...

What a great idea. I love how you use every bit of the apricot.

- The Tablescaper

Martha said...

Unfortunately, you can't do that with the peach and orange liqueur I make -- but the apricot -- and they are so much better being "boozy" than just being plain apricots!

william said...

Martha, do you think you could also do this with brandy rather than the vodka?
Francie

Martha said...

Francie -- I've always done it with vodka -- so it's a clear liqueur. I'd give it a try -- at first do it with 1/4 of the recipe. If it doesn't work you didn't loose much (hate to have to throw out 1/2 gallon of brandy!). I would say that brandy would give it a depth that the vodka doesn't have and assume it would be okay -- but I do think I would test it first in smaller quantities.

It is good! And there is nothing like serving your own homemade liqueur after a dinner party!

vignette design said...

I love this idea! What a great idea for gift giving too. I'm just wondering do you dip the same apricots in chocolate? Can't wait to try this. --Delores

william said...

Thank you very much, Martha. Your homemade apricot liqueur looks very tempting on a cold winter night.

Francie

Martha said...

Delores -- I take them out of the liqueur, let them dry a bit and then pat them with paper towels before I dip those same boozy apricots in the chocolate!

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

Wonderful,wonderful recipe. And a great idea for keeping or gift giving! Thanks for this great post.
Yvonne

susan said...

Martha-My husband has a couple of good apricot brandy stories from his younger duck hunting days! Fortunately he drinks his liquers after dinner and INSIDE now :) I am sure yours is much better than any bought version. Love those glasses!

Jeanette said...

I love making liquors for gift giving. I have never made brandy. Into the idea book this goes. Thank you for sharing.

Southerncook said...

Thanks for sharing this Martha. I think I need to try this very soon. I love the idea of making ones own Liquer. What a conversation piece.

Carolyn

Galbreath House c. 1890 said...

Hi, Martha! Thanks for stopping by my blog. Although I've had one for a while, I haven't been actively updating it with new posts. I plan to try and spend more time on it this year, but we'll see. That apricot brandy sounds yummy!

heartnsoulcooking said...

WOW!!! THANKS!!! for the AWESOME!!! recipe using apricots.
Geri

Michael Lee West said...

I love this! I have never tried apricot brandy. I've done vanilla brandy (and vanilla sugar), though. I wish I lived nearby so I could take your cooking class.

Pondside said...

I think The Great Dane will be making this one day soon - we have a big bag of dried apricots. Thanks for posting this great idea!

Thibeault's Table said...

OOOH thank you. I really want to make this liqueur.

Poppedijne said...

In the summmer I made the rubarb liqueur I found in a Foody Friday blog. It was very succesful. Maybe I will try this one for the next holiday season.
The rubarb liqueur got a bit cloudy and I had to strain it. How long will this liqueur keep do you think?

Amy said...

Sounds wonderful and easy. Do you start making it in the summer so it's ready for the Christmas season?

Erica said...

Martha.....This looks good I always have those Turkish dried apricots on hand and Vodka is always stocked at my home so I guess I know what my new project will be. Plus I've never had Apricot Brandy before. Thanks for sharing. :-)

Gary and Elizabeth~ said...

Happy New Year!
I have been catching up with you and have enjoyed my visit very much. I love your Apricot Brandy, I am going to try this, it sounds so yummy!
May all your dreams come true this year.
Big Hugs,
Elizabeth

Mary said...

I'm imagining how great this must be. We do blackberry, limoncello and orange. I never had thought to try apricot. Have a great day, Martha.

Crystal said...

Oh Martha, what a great idea. I like this idea for Valentine's also. Do you have to do anything special, before you dip the apricots in chocolate?
I have missed reading your blog. It is wonderful as always.

Blessings in 2010!

Sharon Lovejoy said...

Making liqueurs from our garden harvests is one of our traditions, but your idea of using the plump and perked up alcohol infused apricots dipped in chocolate is GREAT!

Have you ever made limoncello or loquatcello? Fabulous.

Sharon Lovejoy Writes from Sunflower House and a Little Green Island

The Muse said...

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Goodness my beloved would be in deep conversation with you right now..for he too seems to just enamored with doing just that...

I am just the Taste Tester.
Sounds good to me!

My Carolina Kitchen said...

What a great idea and the crystal is gorgeous.
Sam

Nancy Jane said...

Now this is my kind of recipe! I bet a few sips of that brandy really takes the chill out of your bones! And the soaked apricots must be heavenly!

SweetAnnee said...

Oh that sounds marvelous.
I love apricots and chocolate
so add some vodka and woohoo


Have you made Lemoncello?

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

I'm sure I would love this recipe and will be sure to try it one day!