Thursday, March 1, 2012

Vanilla Spiced Peach Jam

White peaches, they are so delicate and lovely.
My local farmer's market had the most beautiful white peaches recently and this recipe is wonderful for slathering on homemade biscuits, toast even used as an ice cream topping.  For later, you could gently warm some of the jam and use it to top waffles or pancakes (and top with a scoop of vanilla ice cream to make a decadent breakfast).

This is a simple recipe so if you haven't done food preservation in the past, and you'd like to give it a try, this recipe is perfect.  It doesn't make a large quantify to take a huge effort.

Give it a try and have some nice jam to help you think of spring and summer during those long cold winter months.

Vanilla Spiced White Peach Jam


1 whole Vanilla Bean, split
6 Tablespoons lemon juice, fresh
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground cardamom
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves (if you don't like clove, you can omit)
2 1/4 cups granulated sugar (or more as needed)
5 pounds of white peaches, peeled and chopped


Place all ingredients in a large heavy bottomed pot; stir to combine. 
Bring to a rolling boil over medium-high heat.  Boil about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Carefully taste the mixture to determine if it needs additional sugar (I didn't add anything additional).  If so, increase the sugar to taste.
While the mixture boils, mash the fruit with a potato masher to desired consistency.
Continue to boil another 10 minutes, stirring frequently. 
The mixture will thicken slightly. 
Remove from the heat and discard the vanilla bean.
Pour the hot jam into 8 sterilized 8 ounce or 4 16 ounce jars. 
Carefully wipe jar rims and cover.
Immediately process in a boiling water bath for 5 minutes.

Have a Peach of a Day!
....that is What's Cooking at Cathy's ~ Enjoy!

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