Homemade Apricot Jam

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The summer fruit season is nearly here! If you're a keen cook, try your hand at jam making. This Apricot Jam recipe is easy with just 4 ingredients. Everyone will be so impressed.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Course Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Servings 4 jars


  • 1.5 kg apricots firm and ripe
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1.5 kg sugar


  • Preheat oven to 160 °C.
  • Wash apricots, then quarter, removing stones.
  • Put fruit, water and lemon juice into a non-reactive saucepan and bring slowly to the boil. Simmer until fruit is tender, about 20 minutes or longer if you want smooth jam without chunks of fruit.
  • Meanwhile, place sugar into a clean baking dish and warm to hand-hot in the oven. Add warmed sugar to the pan, stirring until sugar has dissolved, then boil rapidly until setting stage is reached.
  • To test if the jam reached setting stage: spoon a small amount of jam onto a cold plate and let cool. The jam is ready if it stays in two distinct halves when you run a finger through.


To sterilise jars, wash the jars and lids in warm soapy water, then dry in the oven. Ladle jam into hot, sterilised jars and seal.
Keyword dairy free, gluten free, kid friendly, vegan, vegetarian
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  1. Ragni on 20/01/2024 at 1:09 pm

    You don’t need that much water at all. I melt my sugar very slowly on low heat with maybe just 3tbsp of water, then I add the washed and cut fruit, all while it slowly cooks. You would be amazed just how much water is in the fruit, now just slowly let that cook while stirring occasionally. Making jam and jellies is almost 1/2 day job, you cannot rush sugar cooking, or you end up burning. Enjoy

  2. Jude on 20/02/2023 at 11:22 am

    I’m not sure the addition of the apricot kernel is a good idea. https://www.efsa.europa.eu/en/press/news/160427

    • Rani on 26/02/2023 at 12:14 pm

      Hi Jude,

      We have revised the method and removed the kernels from the original recipe. Best to be safe!

      Thank you,

  3. Hrace on 04/05/2022 at 9:33 am

    Found is impossible to break the stones snd get a whole kernel out! But fantastic otherwise

  4. Grace Stuck- Middlemiss on 01/03/2022 at 1:23 pm

    5 stars

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