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Brandied Apricots

3 cups sugar
2 1/2 cups water
6 lbs. firm-ripe apricots
1 1/4 cups brandy -- (1 1/4 to 1 1/2)


Prepare syrup. Combine sugar and water in a heavy-bottomed pot. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring until sugar is dissolved. Keep hot.

Halve and pit apricots; treat to prevent darkening. Drain and add to hot syrup and bring to a boil. Pack (cavity side sown, in overlapping layers) into prepared, hot pint jars.

Pour about 1/4 cup hot syrup into each jar; then pout in 3 to 4 TB brandy (depending on preference). Fill jars with more hot syrup, leaving 1/2 headspace. Remove bubbles. Wipe rims and threads. Seal. Process in boiling water bath 20 minutes.

Serve with sour a dollop of sour cream and spoon on blackberry peach topping.


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