Sweet as a Peach

13 July 2012


This time last year, I was hugely pregnant, bordering on massively pregnant, and so I was not really feeling the drive to cook, or even eat much for that matter.  It was the hottest summer on record, during a wicked drought, and the only thing I wanted was iced tea (decaf) and a lounge in the pool to cool off.  Peach season passed by with little more than a, "Meh." 

Not so this year.  I have been waiting with anticipation for months, for these beauties!  They are now here, and they are cheap, and I am consuming them at, what some might call, an alarming rate.  And while I love to eat them straight off the pit, our new peachy favorite is jam. 

We have already been making this English Muffin Bread*, thanks to Jillee at One Good Thing.  It is super easy (no kneading), and it toasts up like an English muffin, with nooks and crannies.  I thought that it was divine with butter and honey, but with butter and homemade peach jam, it is indescribably good.  It takes a lot to make me say that something has bested my beloved honey.  This peach jam on this bread is just that good.

Here is the recipe we followed (straight from the package of pectin):

Freezer Peach Jam

1 2/3 cup ripe peaches, mashed
2/3 cup granulated sugar
2 Tbsp. Ball RealFruit Instant Pectin
1 Tbsp. lemon juice

  1. Stir peaches, sugar, and lemon juice in a bowl, and let sit for 10 minutes.
  2. Add pectin gradually, stirring to prevent clumping.  Stir for 3 minutes.
  3. Pour jam into clean mason jars and let stand for 30 minutes. 
 Yield: 2 Eight ounce jars (plus a little extra)

Tips:
  • Use straight sided mason jars, the ones with "shoulders" can crack in the freezer as the jam expands in freezing.
  • With this type of pectin, you can freeze the extras, but you can't store them on the pantry shelf (no cooking/sterilizing = no pantry shelf).
  • Make a double batch, you will eat it quickly.  However, you have to make two separate batches, since the pectin won't set right if you just double the recipe in one bowl.
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*I would have a picture of the bread, but it has been raining for three days straight, and the lighting in the house is making all pictures look like nighttime.  Nighttime bread = not appetizing = miscarriage of justice for this bread because it is so good. 

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