Summer Solstice


I can’t think of a better  thing to post on the summer solstice than to show off the apricot jam I just made !  I beat the ravens & jays to this year’s crop of uncommonly tiny but plentiful fruits, and surprisingly I was able to make at least a few jars of apricot jam ( I did toss a few dried sour cherries in there too).


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And now for my Fresh Apricot Torte recipe!

This is a perfect desert choice for fresh or frozen fresh fruit. Very rustic, and it’s fruit flavor equals that of any fresh fruit pie ~ without all the hassle of pastry ~ and it is made in minutes ! It’s relatively low in fat too. I’m taking this to a casual dinner party we’re going to this evening. Here’s how :

Beat briefly, two eggs. Add 1 cup sugar, 1/4 cup milk, pinch of salt, beat together till blended. Fold in 1.5 cups flour. Gently fold in 1 to 2 pounds in-season fresh or frozen fruit (berries, cherries, apples, pears, apricots, peaches all do really well). Pour into one buttered and floured cake layer pan and bake at 375 or 400 until deep golden on top, anywhere from 30 to 60 minutes, depending on whether fruit is fresh or frozen.

Cool on rack, then turn upside down and let torte come out of pan, then place right-side-up on a pretty plate. Serve room temperature, or cold from the fridge.  A dessert of under-statement ~ surprisingly simple, and yet very elegant!


Happy Summer Solstice everybody ! 

17 thoughts on “Summer Solstice

            • Hi Jen,
              I got my shade card yesterday. Thank you so much. I love it! The colours are something else aren’t they? It’s so much better seeing and feeling the yarn to get a proper idea what it’s like rather than looking at it on a computer screen. Thank you for the chocolate and postcards too! It’s lovely to see the area where you live, it looks beautiful. Thanks again hen! Much love to you! Kelly & Cuily. X

              • I hope that you are able to use your shade card, to me , it was quite an acquisition to get all those colors, I just had to share with you , the A.S fan that you are ! 🙂 I am up to something with colors Mara and Shearwater and Tormentil right now.. so strange, as I have memorized all her names for her colors just about ! I am so utterly smitten with Virtual Yarns’ depth of colorways and subtle variations of one shade. Love that… love the ‘barely detectibe stranding motifs… so weird am I . But you’ll see soon! 🙂

  1. Hello Ben! You must know, the apricot tree was one of the only things that grew for a long time. 🙂 They are my favorite by the way .

  2. I love jam and jellies and all that good stuff! Looks delicious. I’ve always loved blues too, so your next project should be just perfect. I’m eagerly looking forward to what you make with it!

  3. hello jen! i came over from raverly, where i discovered your beautiful knitting, now reading through your posts i love it even more, and love your blog too. i’m so happy to meet you! LOVE apricot jam too, it brings back many lovely memories of my granma rose and her apricot tree where i would climb to pick the best ones for her (and her jam too)!

    • Hello Lori ! Aww how nice of you to introduce yourself ! I am going to go make myself comfy in your space too, and I just may camp out… talk about interesting blog ! Really pleased here to meet you xx

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