Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Apricot Season!

Well it's apricot season again and my good friend and orchardist Dave Murphy has come good again and delivered me the sweetest little apricots for my yearly cook up of all things' apricot.

Big Dave's orchard, Pegasus, is in the Coal Valley in Tasmania where the unique cool climate helps slow the growth of the fruit, which then enables them to ripen for longer on the tree. What that means is the apricots are sweeter and juicier than fruit produced on the mainland.......... I'm so lucky!

I started with the Goldrich variety and simply poached them in a light sugar syrup. These will be used over the coming months in my classic chicken with braised leek and apricot, frangipane tarts, upside down cakes and ice creams.

With the More Park variety I cooked them up in equal amounts of sugar and a squeeze of lemon juice to make the most divine apricot conserve.

Last, but certainly not least, the little Orange Reds were used for a very large batch of my apricot paste. The perfect accompaniment to goats cheese, cheddar or my chicken liver pate with green peppercorn. Delicious!!!

All of these apricot beauties are available now in both my Cammeray and Double Bay stores.

Simmone's Apricot Paste

1 cup water 250ml
1 cup wine 250ml
1 cup sugar 400g
2 bay leaves
Juice from 1 lemon
Apricots 500g

  1. Combine all ingredients except the apricot and bring to a simmer.

  2. Add apricot halves and gently simmer for 1 hour or until the fruit becomes transparent.

  3. Remove the bay leaves and process the fruit to a smooth paste. Pour into a lined and greased cake tin. Cover and refrigerate until set.

Happy cooking,
Simmone x


  1. Just wondering if it's red or white wine, you use?

    1. Hi there! I used white wine. Thanks for reading xx