Looks like I feel the urge to make jam out of fruits in season around this time every year. To tell you the truth, I haven’t been very successful in making jam this year. Konatsu marmalade was terribly runny probably because the pectin was way too old (or maybe completely dead). I made tomato jam when I was at my parents’ place, but since I didn’t bring a recipe with me, I did a guess work and ended up making it a little too sweet... :(
When I found some apricots in the “discount” section of a supermarket yesterday, I thought I was really lucky, because we don’t see fresh apricots around here very often. The ones I found did not look ripe but already turning brown here and there, so they were obviously meant to be cooked/baked with lots of sugar.
I decided to use half of them for apricot cobbler and the rest for apricot jam.
I used thepeach cobbler recipe I tried out and liked last year and replaced peach with apricots. It was so much fun making them both. But I had to learn a lesson… I shouldn’t have tasted the cobbler right after taking it out of the oven. It had this strong, stinging sourness which almost numbed my tongue. I tasted my apricot jam after that, and thought it was sweet enough, but on the next day the jam tasted pretty sour.
The sourness got a lot milder after the cobbler cooled completely, and I enjoyed it with a couple of scoops of vanilla ice cream.
I think I have seen something like this on the net before… I mean, putting some kind of spread on a rusk (melba toast?) and topping it with a rosemary sprig. It looked so nice that I have been wanting to recreate it someday, and finally the “someday” came. Maybe this combination of cream cheese, apricot jam and rosemary is rather strange, but I was quite satisfied … visually. The taste? It was... OK. :)
Don’t you just love the cheerful orange color of apricot jam?