Apricot Puree

2 1/2 pounds fresh, ripe apricots
3 tablespoons sugar, preferably organic, or mild honey like clover

Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Fill a bowl with ice water. When the water comes to a boil, drop in the apricots and boil for 20 seconds. Transfer to the ice water with a slotted spoon or a spider, and allow to cool for a few minutes. Drain, slip off the skins, cut in half and remove the stones.

Place the apricots and sugar or honey in a large, heavy saucepan, and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Simmer 10 to 15 minutes, stirring often, until the apricots have broken down into a thick pur?e. Remove from the heat, and allow to cool in the pan. When cool, use a rubber spatula to scrape the pur?e into a jar or a container. Cover and refrigerate.

Yield: 2 cups.