Vanilla Peach Bourbon Jam


I decided to try my hand at something new. I wanted to step outside my comfort zone and do something I’ve never done. That’s what inspired me to join steph chows Jam Exchange. The concept is simple. Everyone who signs up will make 2 pints of jam and send it to someone else. What a great way to try new things!

I started looking for jam recipes that sounded good. Hubby’s mom’s boyfriend, J, had given us some of his famous peach jam for Christmas last year, so that was my first thought (he also made the wonderful strawberry jam that I used in my Harry Potter Cupcakes). I didn’t want to try to compete with his peach jam, so I was looking for a recipe with a twist. This recipe definitely has the twist I was looking for. It adds bourbon and vanilla bean to a simple peach jam.

I finally rounded up all my supplies and set off to make jam. Man did I dirty a lot of pots and pans in this process. It’s not too difficult, even without all the proper supplies. I’ve marked up the recipe below to reflect what I did. I was really worried that my jars didn’t seal properly because they were just sitting on the bottom of my big stock pot instead of on a rack which would allow the boiling water to be around them completely, but as they were cooling, I heard them pop one at a time.

So how is it? Well the day after I made it, Hubby ate peach jam in a bowl for dessert. And we had cupcakes in the house. It’s basically awesome and we agreed we like it better than J’s famous peach jam (sorry J). I love the specks from the vanilla bean and it has just a very subtle bourbon flavor. I highly recommend this recipe to anyone looking for a peach jam recipe. And some lucky food blogger is going to get a jar of mine!


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Vanilla Peach Bourbon Jam

Yield: ~7 8oz jars

Ingredients:

1 package low sugar pectin - I used Sure-Jell for less or no sugar needed recipes (the pink box)
3.5 pounds peaches - this was 9 peaches for me, I just weighed them at the store
4.5 cups sugar (check the pectin package for exact measurements--the instructions differ slightly depending on the brand of pectin). - I used 3 cups sugar because the peach jam recipe that came with my pectin said 3 cups
1/4 cup lime juice
1 vanilla bean, cut in 1/2 lengthwise then cut into 1 inch pieces
1/4 cup bourbon
1 tsp almond extract

Directions:

Before you begin this recipe either wash jars in the dishwasher on the extra hot water cycle, or wash them with hot soapy water and boil them for 10 minutes, leaving them on dry or in the boiling water until you need them for your jam. This sterilizes the jar and lengthens the shelf life of your jam. I just ran them through the dishwasher on the hot cycle.

Blanch the peaches in boiling water for 30 seconds, (then submerse in an ice bath) then slip off the skins. Chop the peaches into 1/4 inch dice, removing the pits.

Put the peaches, sugar, lime juice, and vanilla bean into a large non-reactive pot (stainless is good). Mash the peaches with a potato masher, until they are your desired consistency. Stir until the sugar is dissolved. The sugar was completely dissolved by the time the mashing was done. Next time, I think I'd mash as I added peaches to the pot instead of waiting until the end. It wasn't easy to do.

Over medium-high heat and bring the peach mixture to a rolling boil, stirring frequently to prevent scorching. Boil for 1 minute, then add the pectin. Bring the jam to a rolling boil once more, stirring constantly, and boil exactly 1 minute.

Remove the jam from heat. Stir in the bourbon and extract, remove vanilla pods,Β ladle the hot jam into jars, and screw on the lids. Then set the jars on a rack in a large pot of boiling water--the water should be 1 inch above the jar tops. I just used my big pot stock and put the jars in, made sure they were under an inch of water and turned it on high.

Bring the water to a gentle boil and boil the jars for 10 minutes. Then remove the jars from the hot water and set aside to cool.

When the jam is cold, check the seals on the jars by pressing on the centers of the lids. If the lids do not spring back, they are vacuum sealed and the jam can be stored at room temperature. Another way to check is to remove the ring and try to lift the lid. If it lifts up, it wasn't sealed properly. I read that you can reprocess jars at that point, but off of mine were sealed. If the lid flexes, there is no seal, so store the jar in the freezer or refrigerator instead.

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38 Responses to “What’s your secret?”

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    BMK — January 28, 2008 at 1:15 pm

    Those are adorable! I love the idea of lemon meringue cupcakes.

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    ~Amber~ — January 28, 2008 at 1:51 pm

    They are adorable!! Great job and I am glad you had success with the recipe.

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    Shawnda — January 28, 2008 at 2:27 pm

    Congrats on a successful challenge!

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    slush — January 28, 2008 at 3:03 pm

    OMG, are they cute! Like little porcupines. So glad it turned out for you. Fab job!

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    Aparna — January 28, 2008 at 3:24 pm

    I really liked your idea of making the cupcakes. No cutting up and great single sized servings. They look just great.
    Makes me wonder– why didn’t I think of that?

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    Tempered Woman — January 28, 2008 at 3:36 pm

    Hey~ I made lemon maringue cuppies too! I am so sold on making pies this way in the future- very fun. Love the spikies- great job.

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    Nikki57 — January 28, 2008 at 4:39 pm

    Your LMP looks great! I love the cuppies

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    CB — January 28, 2008 at 5:22 pm

    LMP cuppys rule! ::high five:: love all the pictures of your process… great job!

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    Marye — January 28, 2008 at 5:29 pm

    I really like the little pies everyone is making..now I want to redo mine.blessings,
    marye
    http://bakingdelights.com

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    michelle — January 28, 2008 at 7:15 pm

    Oh so cute! I had considered trying my second attempt in a cupcake tin… until I waited until the last minute, that is! πŸ™‚

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    ruthEbabes — January 28, 2008 at 9:27 pm

    Congrats! These look fabulously divine!

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    Butta Buns — January 28, 2008 at 9:40 pm

    Ah ha, another fellow Boston baker! Your tarts are beautiful! Love the peaks on the meringue!

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    How To Eat A Cupcake — January 28, 2008 at 10:19 pm

    Those are so perfect!

    PS: I have those red measuring bowls. I love them! πŸ˜€

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    I(dot)J — January 28, 2008 at 11:49 pm

    so SMART to have all of your ingredients out FIRST. I really should know this by now.

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    Dolores — January 29, 2008 at 1:52 am

    Ooooh, I love your cupcake-pies. How’d you make the meringue spikey?

    And what did the husband think of the final product?

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    breadchick — January 29, 2008 at 2:00 am

    your little ones are adorable. Great job on your challenge!!

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    MrsPresley — January 29, 2008 at 2:35 am

    your lemon meringue cupcakes are so cute! job well done! πŸ™‚

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    Beth G. — January 29, 2008 at 2:36 am

    They’re so cute!! Great job!! :O)

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    kate — January 29, 2008 at 2:54 am

    i had that crust shrinkage problem too. it’s a bummer.

    ———-
    kate
    http://www.thecleanplateclub.net

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    Jen — January 29, 2008 at 2:58 am

    Dolores – I just spread the meringue around and then using a spatula, pressed it into the meringue and pulled it out and voila! Spikes!

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    Andrea — January 29, 2008 at 3:06 am

    Your little cupcakes are adorable! That was a great idea!

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    Princess of the kitchen — January 29, 2008 at 7:32 am

    Your little tarts lok just lovely. well done!

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    Big Boys Oven — January 29, 2008 at 8:31 am

    a challenge executed incrediblely well!

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    Deborah — January 29, 2008 at 3:54 pm

    They look just perfect!!

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    Candace — January 29, 2008 at 4:10 pm

    Nice job!

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    Megan — January 29, 2008 at 7:34 pm

    Too cute! Love the cupcakes. I want one!

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    Carrie — January 30, 2008 at 12:02 am

    My crust did the same thing! Your cupcakes look great though!
    ~Carrie from bakersbakery.wordpress.com

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    Lane — January 30, 2008 at 6:35 am

    Your “pie-cups” look perfect. Great job!

    Jane of VeganBits.com

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    Lunch Buckets — January 30, 2008 at 6:48 am

    Very cute! Did you turn away and silently mock your husband “my mom makes a great…”, no of course you wouldn’t have, I must be projecting πŸ™‚

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    Sheltie Girl — January 30, 2008 at 3:19 pm

    You did a wonderful job on your lemon meringue tarts!

    Natalie @ Gluten A Go Go

    ~ We’re lactose intolerant at our house too.

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    Quellia — January 30, 2008 at 5:27 pm

    Nice cupcakes! And if it makes you feel any better, I’ve been a DB’er for a year and friends and family, all non-bloggers, always know what I’m making. They kinda have to since I always tape the recipe up on the kitchen cupboards!

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    creampuff — January 30, 2008 at 8:52 pm

    Yayy! I love reading success posts like this! They look great and that’s a good idea to bake them in muffin tins. Well done!

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    BrineS — January 31, 2008 at 7:22 am

    I love your little lemon meringues!

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    Jen Yu — January 31, 2008 at 5:53 pm

    Awesome! I love how differently everyone’s turned out, but these little cuties are so adorable πŸ™‚ Great job!!

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    Claire — February 1, 2008 at 1:34 am

    So cute! I’m sure everyone enjoyed you addition to the spread!

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    Jigginjessica — February 2, 2008 at 4:31 pm

    I love cupcake idea. One big pie seems so messy, these seem neat and tidy. Congrats on another successful challenge!

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    Jelli Bean — August 20, 2009 at 3:09 pm

    The shrinking crust always affects my mini cupcake pies too. The trick is to make them overhang the cups enough so that they shrink down to just the right size. Your little pies are darling!

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