Apricot Amaretto Jam

Apricot-Amaretto Jam

1-1/2 lbs. apricots

3 cups sugar

2 Tbsp lemon juice

4 Tbsp amaretto liqueur

1/2 cup coarsely chopped almonds

Place apricots in a large pot of simmering water for 30 to 60 seconds, to loosen skins. Immediately transfer with a slotted spoon to a bowl of cold water. Peel, pit and cut into quarters.

Combine apricots with sugar and lemon juice; marinate for 4 hours, stirring occasionally.

Place apricot mixture in a 3-quart saucepan, bring to a boil, and continue boiling for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally, until jam reaches a temperature of 220 degrees. Stir in amaretto, cook 1 minute; remove from heat and stir in the chopped almonds.

Ladle hot jam into hot, clean half-pint jars and adjust lids and bands. Process in a boiling-water bath for 5 minutes; cool on a wire rack. (Refrigerate jam after opening.)

Makes 3 half-pint jars.

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