|Our mini tagine that Nancy and Ray brought us back from Morocco!|
Apple Annie's orchard a couple of weeks ago, I was going to pick just enough for the peach frangipane tart with a few extras to nibble on. I picked perhaps six pounds more than I needed. What was I thinking? It was time to jam in the kitchen!
Red Rock Farms. Thus today’s jam recipe and, in a couple of weeks, a lemon-blueberry tart with a lavender short crust. I’ll also make an apple crostata with a lavender-rosemary crust, so you might see that here soon, too.
Lavender-infused Peach Jam
2 tablespoons culinary lavender buds
1/2 cup water
4 1/2 pounds ripe peaches
Scant 4 cups sugar
Juice of 1 lemon
Bring lavender buds* and water to a boil. Remove from heat and let steep while you prepare the fruit.
Fill a large bowl with ice water.
Bring a large pot of water to a boil. In batches, drop peaches in the water for 45-60 seconds then remove and immediately put in ice water. When all peaches have been blanched and refreshed in ice water, slip the skin off the fruit and discard.
Cut peaches in half, pit them, then slice into a large soup pot. Add sugar and stir, then let macerate for 20 minutes. Strain the lavender water into the peaches, add lemon juice and stir.
Place a couple of small plates in the freeze for later testing. Bring peaches, sugar, lavender and lemon juice to a boil. Reduce heat and keep at a constant boil for 15-20 minutes. All the foam, should be subsiding by this point - a sign that your jam is ready to set. Using a potato masher, mash the fruit (it should be soft). Alternatively, use an immersion blender if you prefer a smoother jam.
Put a teaspoon of jam on one of the frozen plates (keep jam boiling) and return the plate to the freezer for a minute. If, after a minute, you can run your finger through the jam and it stays put (doesn't run), your jam is set. If not, keep boiling another 5 minutes or so and try again until the jam sets fully.
Pack jam into sterile half-pint jars with lids, seal and process for 15 minutes. ** Let processed jars cool; lids with 'pop' inward as they cool. Store at room temperature. Any jars with lids that don't pop can be safely used if stored in the refrigerator for up to several months.
* make sure your lavender is culinary grade; other varieties have pesticides
** for safe canning procedures, see the Ball website