Monday, August 20, 2012

Peach Vanilla Jam

Every time I think about peaches a certain song immediately pops into my head and usually stays for too long.  Who can complain when you're biting into a ripe, juicy peach though ;)

I'm going to can some peach jam this year, but this was actually made last year at the very end of peach season so you get this one first!  The skins were left on to add some fiber and texture, but feel free to peel your peaches (after a quick dip in boiling water) if you so desire.

Peach Vanilla Freezer Jam
adapted from Confessions of a Tart
yield:  3 jars

This jam is perfect on a biscuit, cheese platter, almond butter & jelly sandwich, stirred into yogurt...  you get the idea!

5 1/2c thinly sliced peaches  (peeled if you prefer)
1/2-3/4c packed brown sugara
juice of 1 lemon
1/2t vanilla extract
1/4t almond extract
seeds scraped from 3 vanilla beans

Add all ingredients to a medium bowl and stir until the sugar dissolves.  Refrigerate for 1-2 hours (or overnight).

Transfer fruit to a heavy-bottomed sauce pan and heat to medium high.  Bring to a boil, then reduce to low and gently simmer for 15-20min or more until jam has thickened.  Try the nudge test with a chilled plate to test if it's done.

If you want a chunky jam, you're done!  If you'd like a smoother jam, transfer (all or a portion) into a blender and process until it has reached your desired consistency.  Spoon into jar and freeze (for quite a few months) or refrigerate (for a few weeks).

Now, who's got a killer recipe for peach pie??


Lauren @ Healthy Food For Living said...

Great use of late summer peaches! If I can manage to buy a bunch and not eat them out of hand, this jam will definitely be made =).

Kristen said...

love peaches! what a lovely jam recipe.

Joanne said...

I just bought a ton of nectarines and I'm wondering if they would work also..hmm. Worth a shot!

Delicious Dishings said...

Ooh... no canning involved? I definitely want to try this! And now I have the peaches song stuck in my head. :)

We Are Not Martha said...

Haha now I have that song stuck in my head, too! I love peach jam, but adding vanilla in is SUCH a good idea!


Colleen @ Culinary Colleen said...

I never thought of freezing jam. This is a great idea - especially since I'm sort of scared of canning!

Emily @ A Cambridge Story said...

you're on a roll with the jam! Sounds great.

Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic said...

I used to not like peach but now I actually crave it. This sounds great, especially with the vanilla flavor!

Nutmeg Nanny said...

Peach and vanilla are the best combination! Last year I made a vanilla and peach butter that was delicious. Yum!

Amy (Savory Moments) said...

I am currently obsessed with all things peach. This jam looks delicious! Perfect use of the ones that I can't eat.

Sacha said...

I'm so sad I'll have to say goodbye to peaches soon. And who doesn't love a freezer jam?

Elizabeth said...

I don't want peaches to go away!!! Also, what would I have to do to procure some of this ;)

Kerstin said...

Yuuum, my mouth is watering - looks so good! I've never made jam but it's on my list :)

Elina (Satisfied Cravings) said...

I want to can some peaches!! That savory peach jam you made was amazing - will you be posting the recipe? I want both :)

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