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Vanilla Bean Peach Preserves

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Peach and vanilla come together to make a delicious spread for toast or topping pancakes or waffles. It is easy to make and freezes great too!

vanilla peach preserves spread over toast with jar of preserves in background.

    Peaches and vanilla are such a perfect combination.  Turn them into a simple jam and spread it over toast.  It is delicious and easy to make too. 

It is perfect for breakfast on English muffins or for dessert warmed and drizzled over ice cream.  Plus the extras freeze really well!

     It’s been at least a couple of days since I shared something peachy keen with you, so I figured it was high time I talk about peaches again.  I mean they are perfectly sweet and wonderful still.

    There are still Illinois peaches in the store and things are looking and smelling too sweet to stay away.  I think between all of the peaches and blueberries we’ve eaten lately, we might be dangerously close to turning into a fruit salad.  Oh well, it seems like there might be worse fates!

     This jam is basically a riff on the Peach Vanilla Sauce I shared last week. If you add a bit more sugar and hit it with an immersion blender it thickens up to a nice consistency for spreading on a piece of delicious toast.

   If you want the best of both worlds, you can melt some of this down with a little bit of maple syrup and have a really nice topping for your pancakes.  Of course this can be warmed and served over ice cream too.

   Or spread over a flaky buttery biscuit. I mean really, the delicious possibilities are endless!

Jar of vanilla peach jam, ready to enjoy.

      I shared a great tip to determining if your jam has cooked long enough on last year’s post for Peach Habanero Jelly. In case you forgot, it is really easy!

   Place a small plate in the refrigerator before you start making your jam.  Once you think your jam is the right consistency, put a small drop on the plate and return it to the fridge.

   Take it out just a minute or so later and see if it firmed up enough for your liking.  If it is still too loose, cook the mixture a bit longer.  If it gelled up nicely, you’re done!

     On a completely unrelated note, is anybody else completely into the swimming at the Olympics this year?  We don’t watch a ton of TV normally.

    Just a kiddie video or two in the morning and another one before bedtime for little dude.  Sometimes I don’t even turn the TV back on after he goes to bed.

    That is usually my blogging time.  But now it is a race back down the stairs to make sure I don’t miss anything.  So much drama. So much intrigue. Such great back stories.

   Even Little Dude is getting into it.  He adds his “go America” and “USA, USA!” to the mix.  It’s pretty adorable if you ask me.

toast with vanilla peach preserves spread on it.

Did you ever wonder why there is almost always lemon in jelly and jam recipes?  Here’s why!

Yield: 36 Servings (3 cups)

Vanilla Bean Peach Preserves

Jar of vanilla peach jam, ready to enjoy.

Peach and vanilla come together to make a delicious spread for toast or topping pancakes or waffles. It is easy to make and freezes great too!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 lb pitted and peeled peaches
  • 2 T lemon juice
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 T vanilla bean paste (extract would be fine too)

Instructions

  1. Place peaches, lemon juice and sugar in a heavy bottomed sauce pan and allow to sit for an hour. I used an immersion blender to break down the peaches later in the process. If you don’t have one, finely chop your peaches before you add them to the pot.
  2. Turn heat to medium low and bring to a slow boil. Stir occasionally to ensure nothing is sticking. The mixture will be really foamy. Keep at a low boil, stirring frequently for 15 minutes.
  3. Use an immersion blender to make the mixture as smooth as you would like.
  4. Check the consistency of your jelly by dropping a small drop on a plate and sticking it in the fridge for a minute. If it is still runny, continue to boil until you get your desired consistency.
  5. Once the jam is thickened to your liking, remove from heat and stir in vanilla.
  6. Ladle into clean jars and keep in the refrigerator for up to a month or the freezer for 6 months.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

36

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 49Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 0mgCarbohydrates: 12gFiber: 0gSugar: 12gProtein: 0g

All nutritional information is estimated and will depend on the exact ingredients you use.

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Peach and vanilla come together to make a delicious spread for toast or topping pancakes or waffles. It is easy to make and freezes great too!

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Frugal Hausfrau

Wednesday 17th of August 2016

Peach & vanilla! It sounds amazing, Carlee!

Carlee

Thursday 18th of August 2016

It's really good! I just had some on toast again last night! Thanks!

Jessica Jarrell

Sunday 14th of August 2016

You know how much I love that vanilla bean paste! So many amazing uses :-) I love the idea of adding to jam, it looks delicious!

Carlee

Monday 15th of August 2016

I love it too!! I bought a quart jar of it and have worked my way to the bottom at an unbelievable pace! I love the vanilla and peaches together. Next time I might add a bit of cinnamon too!

Unknown

Friday 12th of August 2016

This sounds so good! Just how summer should taste! :)

Carlee

Friday 12th of August 2016

It really is a taste of summer! Thank you!

Courtney

Thursday 11th of August 2016

Oh, this is a super dangerous recipe for me-- if I had this in the house, everything I ate would be vanilla bean peach jam-flavored! :)

Carlee

Thursday 11th of August 2016

I say go for it! Why not? ;-)

Big Rigs 'n Lil' Cookies

Thursday 11th of August 2016

Thanks for the tip on knowing when your jam is done! I have always struggled with that one!

Carlee

Thursday 11th of August 2016

I've had a couple of batches turn out a bit looser than I'd like, so I appreciate being able to give it a quick test and see where I'm at! Though a loose jam is still a tasty sauce, so it's certainly not the end of the world. ;-)

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