1/2 cup dried apricots, chopped
1/4 cup Cognac or other brandy
2 tablespoons light brown sugar
2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
In a small saucepan, soak the apricots in the Cognac for 10 minutes. Bring to a boil, then carefully ignite with a long match. When the flames subside, add the brown sugar and cook over moderate heat until the sugar is dissolved. Transfer to a food processor and let cool. Add the butter and process until fairly smooth. Season the butter with salt. Scrape the apricot butter into a large ramekin and serve with crusty bread.
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