Rinse the apricots well in cold water, drain and place in a saucepan. Cover generously with boiling water. Place the lid on the pan and leave to soak for 4 hours.
Place the pan over the heat and bring up to a simmer. Cover and cook gently for about 40 minutes, or until the apricots are tender.
Draw the pan off the heat. Strain off the juice and place the apricots in a serving dish.