Nov 11, 2012

Apricot Pineapple Rum Sauce #SundaySupper

My list of homemade food gifts is more or less like the story of the fuitcake: the same one appears every year and it just stays there, untouched. Or the new year resolutions list. Which I don't make anymore; haven't for years.
We are having a homemade gift giving party around our Sunday Supper table today, hosted by the wonderful Susan. Are you ready for the amazing gifts from our kitchens we have made for today?

Homemade gifts, especially if you love to bake like me, sound like an obvious choice, not to mention the fact that many of your friends are expecting you show up with bags and boxes of whatever you decided to make,  things that will never be made in their own kitchens, that is unless they invite you and demand you bake for them.
But, there's always a but regarding holiday gifts, there were two years, yes yes, not one but two, when I did actually made this kind of gifts, bought jars and boxes, and spent a few days baking and writing cute notes, tying ribbons, wrapping cookies. It is rewarding like no other gift. So why don't I do it more often? If I knew the answer to that my life would be noticeably better. I think. But let's not think too much about it and feel frustrated.

Anyway, this was one sauce I made that first time I ever gave homemade gifts. It was a big hit. And after making it a few times I understood why. First, it's different. Second, it's incredibly versatile. Third, it can be made year round, with fresh or canned fruit. Fourth, it tastes wonderful. Fifth, it comes together in no time with minimal work. And I can go on.

Most sauces are chocolate or caramel, which are obviously a no-brainer to give. So this sauce is a great alternative, with it's gorgeous color and interesting flavour.

It can be poured over ice cream, slathered on toast, swirled into a cheesecake before baking,  used with chicken or pork to add sweetness to a dish, used in any crumb bar recipe instead of the traditional jam like these shortbread squaresAnd I'm sure you'll find many other uses for it.
And thanks to this post, someone is going to get an early holiday gift, which obviously is this apricot pineapple rum sauce. But prettily embellished with a ribbon.

barely adapted from The Joy of Cooking, by Irma and Marion Rombauer

Note: For sterilizing jars and any other question about canning go to this page.

1 ½ cups apricots
1 cup water
3 cups chopped pineapple
1 ¼ cups sugar
5 Tbs rum

Cook apricots and water in a saucepan over low heat until fruit is very tender, about 20 minutes. Transfer to a food processor (or use an immersion blender directly in the saucepan) and add pineapple. Process a few times until mixture is a bit chunky.
Return to saucepan, add sugar and rum and cook over low heat until it thickens a bit.
Transfer to sterilized jars. Keep refrigerated.

Here’s the amazing selection of breads, drinks, condiments, snacks, and desserts that we made. From our kitchens to yours.
Breads / Breakfast
§             Pumpkin Biscoff Bread – Dinners, Dishes, and Dessert
§             All-in-One Beer Bread Kit – girlichef
§             Banana Coconut Coffee Cake with Macadamia Nut Streusel – The Lovely Pantry
§             Pancake Mix With Apple Cider Syrup and Candied Walnuts – Tora’s Real Food
§             Cranberry Hootycreeks – Baker Street 

Condiments / Ingredients
§             Apple Butter – Hezzi D’s Books and Cooks
§             Herb Vinegars – Cindy’s Recipes and Writings
§             Harissa – The Wimpy Vegetarian
§             Homemade Vanilla Extract – Flour on my Face
§             Homemade Cherry Extract – Cravings of a Lunatic
§             Nutella Powder – I Run For Wine
§             Apricot Pineapple Rum Sauce – Vintage Kitchen Notes
§             Spiced Cranberry Apricot Almond Chutney – Sue’s Nutrition Buzz
§             Pumpkin Butter – Family Foodie

Soup and Snacks
§             A Soup For You – Momma’s Meals
§             Maple Nut Granola - Girl in the Little Red Kitchen
§             Sweet and Spicy Curried Nuts – Soni’s Food for Thought
§             Sweet and Spicy Pecans – Supper For a Steal
§             Maple Pumpkin Spice Granola Bars – Cupcakes and Kale Chips
§             Orange Spiced Chickpeas – Home Cooking Memories
§             Turtle Pretzels – The Messy Baker

§             Rocky Road Candy – Magnolia Days
§             Dairyfree Vegan Caramels – Galactosemia in PDX
§             Peanut Butter Cookies in a Jar – Mama’s Blissful Bites
§             Monster Cookie Mix in a Jar – What Smells So Good?
§             Chocolate Chip Cookie Biscotti – Meal Planning Magic
§             Snickerdoodle Snack Mix – Pippi’s in the Kitchen Again
§             Peppermint Stick Cookie Truffles - The Weekend Gourmet
§             Nutella Truffles – Small Wallet Big Appetite
§             Peanut Cajetas (Peanut Fudge) – Basic and Delicious
§             Cookie Cutter Fudge – Chocolate Moosey
§             Pumpkin Roll – Shockingly Delicious
§             Homemade Chocolates – My Trials in the Kitchen
§             Hot Chocolate on a Stick – Juanita’s Cocina
§             Chocolate Toffee “Crack” – Ruffles and Truffles
§             Holiday Tree Cake – Noshing with the Nolands
§             Salted Caramel Cookies – Mama Mommy Mom
§             Fruit and Nut Cookies – In the Kitchen with Audrey

§             Holiday Spiced Mocha - Daily Dish Recipes
§             Homemade Peppermint Mocha Mix - In the Kitchen with KP
§             Homemade Kahlua - That Skinny Chick Can Bake

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  1. Mmmmm... What an incredibly delicious combination, Paula! Apricot + Rum + Pineapple! Just amazing! I totally want a jar and I want it NOW! ;)

  2. Wow! Pineapple, apricots, and rum sounds so delicious. This looks like it would be good on toast or on top of ice cream!

  3. I cannot get enough apricot. I adore the flavor. And it combined with pineapple sounds so delightful. I would love to have some of it right now.

  4. This sauce looks amazing - love this week's Sunday Supper theme.

  5. This sauce sounds fantastic! Love all the fruit flavors.

  6. I on your list this year? ;P Because seriously, I want some of this sauce...I'm dreaming of drizzling it over so many things! Beautiful gift idea, Paula :D

  7. Oh. My. Goodness. Please? Might I stop by for a bite?
    Paula this is the most beautiful, yummiest sauce ever. What a great gift idea!!

  8. This sounds like a wonderful treat! I wouldn't mind having a scoop over my ice cream...YUM!

  9. Oh my goodness - this is amazing! I totally need to make some for myself and give to friends and family this year. They will be thrilled!

  10. Oh that sounds so good. I can think of so many ways to use this sauce.

  11. This looks amazingly delicious! I'll grab the biscuits! I'm comin' over!

  12. OH MY!! This looks so good, look at all the wonderful ingredients. It must have such a depth in flavor. Delish!!

  13. What a gorgeous color!! The addition of the rum got me for sure!! Great gift!!

  14. It is not only beautiful but looks and sounds delicious. I love the apricot/pineapple combination. Fantastic!!!

  15. Such a great combo of apricot and pineapple! I will love to receive this as gift! Happy Sunday to you too, Paula!

  16. Swirled into cheesecake? Omg that sounds amazing!

  17. Love the texture of this sauce and can already imagine a hundred things I could use it with/on!!Love the apricot pineapple combo and the addition of rum makes it sound delish!

  18. Wow! The possibilities here are endless! Love this.

  19. Ooooooo! This looks really, really yummy!!!

  20. This is such a creative combination. Love it. Pinned.

  21. What a gorgeous color...and made from two of my favorite fruits! This must taste delectable, Paula!!! Great gift idea :)

  22. This is a fantastic idea for a gift from the kitchen! The color just glows on my screen - I totally have to make this!!! Pinning !!

  23. Can never have too many homemade sauces my friend this looks brilliant :)

    Choc Chip Uru

  24. Sounds wonderful. Have you ever canned it? We are trying to make a few gifts early this year and this one would be amazing. Although, I am afraid if I made it early I would end up testing it too often and have none left to give.

    1. I haven´t canned it, though I think it´s a great idea!

  25. Mmm, I am thinking maybe some on top of some crackers spread with melted Brie!

  26. The first thing I thought when I saw this recipe was, this would be fabulous on chicken. I can't wait to give it a try.

  27. OK, I have a whole pineapple and some apricots left over from my chutney and am off tomorrow, so I am making this. I may spice it up more and make it like a chutney ! Love this !! Thanks for sharing !

  28. Whoa, when apricots are in season I will be making this baby!

  29. oh husband is a major rum lover and I know he'd love everything about this!

  30. ummmm... this looks so good. What a beautiful gift for friends!

  31. This is fabulous. I gotta make this for my hubs. I am totally digging this.

  32. Rum will do the trick! This is a lovely combination. Of course its a great gift to give!

  33. I really like the versatility of this sauce. I would totally put it in some chicken and for a savory but sweet dish. Yummy! I use to bring food to the office all the time when I started cooking but I stopped because they started expecting it and I never got one thank you. Kind of disapointing.

  34. Oh yes! This definitely belongs in a cheesecake! Or maybe with a slice of poundcake and ice cream!

  35. I love making homemade gifts each year and am always thrilled when the recipient(s) actually use and eat them! This year? Homemade Worcesterhire sauce! ~ David


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