Hungarian Prune or Apricot Butter (Lekvar) Recipe

Dried apricots
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Ratings (14)
  • Total: 65 mins
  • Prep: 5 mins
  • Cook: 60 mins
  • Yield: 1 pint (16 servings)
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
17 Calories
0g Fat
4g Carbs
1g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1 pint (16 servings)
Amount per serving
Calories 17
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 0mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 4g 1%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Protein 1g
Calcium 4mg 0%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Hungarian prune or apricot lekvar is the equivalent of a fruit butter or a Polish powidła or plum butter, except it's made with dried fruit (although some Hungarian recipes use fresh fruit).

This recipe calls for just three ingredients, so it's a snap to make. In addition to enjoying lekvar on breads and rolls, it is used extensively in pastries, desserts, and cookies.


  • 1 pound dried apricots or pitted dried prunes
  • Water to cover the fruit
  • 1/2 to 1 cup sugar (white, to taste)

Steps to Make It

  1. Place apricots or prunes in a saucepan and cover with water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and continue to cook until fruit is soft, adding more water as necessary.

  2. Remove from heat and purée fruit in a food processor or blender. Return to saucepan, add 1/2 to 1 cup sugar and cook until thick.

  3. Place hot lekvar in hot sterilized jars, leaving 1/4 inch of headspace. Cover with hot sterilized lids and rings.

  4. Process in a water bath for 10 minutes. Remove to counter and allow to cool before storing in a cool, dry, dark place.

  5. If you don't process in a water bath, the lekvar can be kept refrigerated for up to three weeks or frozen for up to one year.

Note: Before attempting a home canning project, read what the Ball canning jars company has to say about it.

Which Is Which?

It can be a little confusing when it comes to jams, jellies, marmalades, butters, and preserves. And when you throw in curds and conserves, things can get even more muddled. Which is which?

One of the simplest ways to tell the difference is by their consistency. You know, for example, that jam doesn't shake so it must be jelly! But they vary in other ways too.