I wanted to make Kristie's shower extra special, so there needed to be homemade jams for the biscuits. I made some blackberry spread from our homegrown berries, but Kristie isn't usually into things with berries. So, I thought I would make some peach preserves too. But being fall and all, I wanted to warm up the tones a bit. So a little cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg later and warm slightly spiced peach preserve was born! It was delicious and fun and easy and perfect.
Spiced Peach Preserves
makes about 3 pints
1 lb pealed, sliced and pitted peaches (you can use frozen)
2 T lemon juice
2 cups sugar
1/2 tsp ginger
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla
- Combine peaches, lemon juice, sugar, ginger, cinnamon and nutmeg in a large heavy bottomed sauce pan.
- Cook over medium low heat, stirring frequently. Bring to a low boil and continue cooking and stirring for about 15 minutes.
- For chunky preserves, mash with a potato masher or blend with an immersion blender for smoother preserves.
- Put a small drop of preserves on a plate and refrigerate for a minute to check your consistency. If it is thick enough for you, remove from the heat. If you would like for it to thicken up a bit, allow to simmer for a couple more minutes and then try again.
- Once you have the desired consistency, remove from heat and stir in vanilla.