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Megans Cookin: Vanilla Spiced Peach Jam - Oh My!!!

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Vanilla Spiced Peach Jam - Oh My!!!

Going through the orchards on the way home from Sacramento one weekend, we stopped and bought a big load of peaches. I knew I wanted to make some jam with them. So when I searched online to find a recipe, I came upon this one. But first, I made a few adjustments. It called for a cinnamon stick to be stewed in the brew. I didn't have any sticks but I knew I wanted to add a vanilla bean, so that was it. Add the vanilla bean and add regular cinnamon instead of the stick.

The Spice

Even the Hubby was seen slathering it on a flaky roll. That's when I knew it wasn't just me who thought it was pretty darn good. But the non jam man thought so to.

My only complaint was that it only made 4 jars and we have already gone through 1. It taste like a peach cobbler without the crust. I seriously thought about putting it on some ice cream.
It's that good!

If canning is your thing, or you have been thinking about trying it, I encourage you to try this. It's not hard at all to actually can the jam. It's just a few easy steps. And you will have summer peach taste all through the cold hard winter.

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Can you see the vanilla specks?

O.K. so they are hard to see in the picture.

But can you smell it?


Vanilla Spice Peach Jam

Adapted from RecipeZarr

1 Vanilla bean, split
3 tablespoons lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
3 cups sugar
2 1/2 lbs peaches, peeled and chopped (about 6 cups)
1 Place all ingredients in a heavy large pot; stir to combine. Bring to a rolling boil over medium-high heat. Boil, stirring occasionally, 15 minutes, adjusting heat as necessary to maintain an even boil.
2 While the mixture boils, mash fruit with a potato masher to desired consistency. Boil an additional 5 to 10 minutes, stirring frequently, or until slightly thickened (you'll see the bottom of the pot when stirring) and set.** (Temperature should be about 221 F.) Remove from heat; remove vanilla bean.
3 Pour hot jam into 4 sterilized 8-oz. jars. Carefully wipe jar rims; cover. (Jam can be made up to 1 month ahead and refigerated or up to 6 months ahead and frozen.) To store at room temperature, immediately process in a boiling water bath for 5 five minutes.
4Tips: * To peel peaches, drop peaches into larg pot of boiling water; boil 30 seconds or until peach skins loosen. Remove with slotted spoon; drop into ice water to cool. Use a knife to peel away skins.
5** To test jam, before you begin cooking, place a small plate into the freezer to chill. When jam begins to thicken slightly, place a small amount of jam on chilled plate; return to freezer for 1 to 2 minutes (remove jam from heat during testing time). When set, jam will be slightly set and will not run on plate. If jam is too liquid, cook an addition 1 to 2 minutes before testing again.




Blogger Shelby said...

Oh Megan, this looks wonderfully delicious! I would be wanting more than just 4 jars too! I absolutely love peaches!

September 14, 2008 at 4:09 PM  
Blogger Carla said...

I've been wanting to make jam ever since you sent me that chocolate strawberry one! I saved the jar from it, but I'm guessing this recipe would make more than 1 jar's worth. Guess I have to buy more jars!

btw, I've only received two garlic entries. I did have a bunch of people tell me they were interested, so we'll see.

September 14, 2008 at 5:15 PM  
Blogger April said...

This will definitly be on my to make next list! It sounds delicious!!

September 14, 2008 at 5:23 PM  
Blogger Patsyk said...

One of these days I am going to have to get brave and try canning... your jam looks to die for!

September 14, 2008 at 6:19 PM  
Blogger Teresa Cordero Cordell said...

Megan, you are so cool. How did you know that I wanted some peach jam? And your comment about can you smell it, wouldn't that be incredible if we could? People talk and dream of smell-o-vision, why not smell-o-net. I am keeping this recipe. It's wonderful.

September 14, 2008 at 6:53 PM  
Blogger Deborah said...

I made peach vanilla jam last year and LOVED it. This looks sooo good too!

September 15, 2008 at 10:41 AM  
Blogger Katherine Roberts Aucoin said...

Megan your jame looks and sounds so delicious and I adore peach cobbler. I've seen a few bloggers canning recently and I think I may broaden my horizons and try this. Thanks for the inspiration.

September 16, 2008 at 6:17 AM  
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September 16, 2008 at 2:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh. My. Gosh. I would eat that by the spoonful!

September 17, 2008 at 9:07 PM  
Blogger rubybean77 said...

Spiced Peach Jam ROCKS!!!!! I make my own spiced peach jam too! I'm going to try yours out this year...I like the addition of the vanilla! THANKS!!

September 20, 2008 at 8:56 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

This sounds soooooo good.

September 21, 2008 at 1:40 PM  

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