A recipe for apricot-glazed Cornish hens on MrFood.com involves a simple apricot glaze consisting of apricot preserves and brown sugar. A recipe on FineCooking.com uses ginger, garlic, honey, soy sauce and lemon juice in addition to apricot preserves to make an apricot glaze.
Follow the MrFood.com recipe by placing 4 Cornish hens on a greased roasting pan and tucking an orange quarter inside each hen. Sprinkle salt and pepper onto the hens. Dissolve 1/2 cup of light brown sugar in 1 cup of apricot preserves and drench the hens with this mixture. Roast the Cornish hens at 350 F for 75 to 90 minutes or until they are cooked through. Baste the hens every 20 minutes during cooking.
To make the FineCooking.com version, halve 2 Cornish hens and place them on a sheet pan skin-side up. Season the hens with 2 teaspoons of toasted sesame oil, 1/2 teaspoon of salt and a scattering of black pepper and roast them at 450 F for 25 minutes.
Saut? 1 tablespoon of minced ginger and 1 minced clove of garlic in 2 teaspoons of toasted sesame oil. Add 1/2 cup of apricot preserves and 2 teaspoons each of honey, soy sauce and lemon juice. Whisk together 1 teaspoon each of cornstarch and water and add this to the mixture to thicken it further. Apply the apricot glaze to the Cornish hens and roast them for several more minutes or until they develop brown spots and the flesh is cooked through.