Soak the dried apricots in water for one hour, until softened. Drain and put them on paper towels, then pat dry.
Make the syrup: stir the water, sugar, and cloves in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil, stirring to dissolve the sugar, then add the lemon juice and continue boiling for 5 minutes. Remove from heat.
Warm the butter in a large skillet set over medium