Easy peach jam

 

sep-11_home-made-peach-jam_b_330x330We’re well and truly into summer now (although it doesn’t feel like it on some days), so it’s about time we started thinking of other summer fruits, and not just berries. This is a ridiculously simple jam recipe that uses peaches, one of our favourite summer fruits. It would be delicious sandwiched between two cakes or on toast for a gorgeous summer breakfast. At the end of the recipe, we’ll also give you a couple of suggestions of other fruits that this easy recipe would work with, so keep your eyes peeled for that!

Ingredients

  • 1.4kg peaches
  • Juice and zest of 2 lemons
  • 1kg jam sugar or caster sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla paste or seeds scraped from 1 vanilla pod (optional)

Method

  1. Rinse the peaches, then halve them and remove the pips. Dice the fruit and place into a stainless steel saucepan with the lemon juice and zest, and a pinch of salt. Bring to the boil and simmer gently for about 20 minutes, stirring frequently.
  2. Add the sugar to the pan and stir until dissolved. Boil rapidly for about 15 minutes or until the jam has reached setting point.
  3. Remove the saucepan from the heat and set aside to cool for about 15 minutes before spooning into sterilised jars. If you’d like to add some extra sweetness to your jam, add 1 teaspoon of vanilla paste or the seeds of 1 vanilla pod once it has finished cooking and is cooling. Stir well.

We told you that this was a simple recipe! Not only is it easy, but it’s also super delicious, so give it a try today! If peaches aren’t your thing, this recipe also works extremely well with apricots or nectarines, both of which will still give you that yummy summer flavour.

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