Monday, 30 May 2011

Apricot, Peach & Vanilla Jam Recipe

I love making jam, I think it is largely since for years I thought jam was a rather difficult thing to make. Truth is, nothing could be easier, fruit, sugar, boil, done.  However nothing I can think of quite makes you feel like a domestic goddess as much as making preserves.



I came across an Apricot & Vanilla Jam recipe in this months Jamie Oliver magazine and since I had decided to make afternoon tea in celebration of the Grand Prix (hubby was watching the racing and I was looking for a distraction), jam seemed like a fitting idea. 

I halved the original recipe and had exactly enough jam to fill my single jar, I obviously replaced some of the apricots with peaches to turn it in to Apricot, Peach and Vanilla Jam.  After boiling my jam for an hour my fruit was still rather chunky so I gave it a little mash before pouring into my sterilised jar and placing in the fridge to set.


This jam is gorgeous, especially on toasted brioche or scones.  I love apricot and peach and the vanilla really is another flavour here, not just a subtle hint. The flavour is beautiful and it really was a breeze to make, so if you haven't yet made jam you should definitely give this one a try.

Apricot, Peach & Vanilla Jam

Makes 1 large jar

400g apricots
3 ripe peaches
1 vanilla pod
350g caster sugar
100ml water

Cut the fruit into quarters and remove the stones, place in a large heavy bottomed saucepan. Split the vanilla pod lengthwise and add to the pan along with the sugar and water. Bring to the boil over a medium heat and leave simmer for one hour. 

After 40 minutes, sterilize your jar by washing in boiling water and placing in the oven. Once your jars are in the oven turn the heat to 160C allow the oven to come up to temperature, leave the jars in the oven for the final 20 minutes of cooking your jam.  Pour hot jam into the hot jar. 

Place jam in the fridge to set.

9 comments:

Gladys said...

This jam looks totally delicious!

Maria♥ said...

I definitely have to make this jam, it looks and sounds gorgeous!

Maria
x

MissCakeBaker said...

Summer in a jar! Lovely!

Butter Hearts Sugar said...

Yummy! The flavour combination sound super tasty. I can imagine it would feel great having a morning piece of toast knowing you made the jam yourself. I really must try making jam, homemade jam would be fantastic in homemade cookies.

Sandy at Ooh La Frou Frou said...

Sounds delicious! I love peaches (makes me crave some peach cobbler!) and there's nothing like homemade jam. I've been thinking about how great a strawberry freezer jam was that I made once and thought I must do it this year too. I think I'll try it with raspberries. The vanilla addition in this recipe sounds delightful! Have a wonderful week, sweetie!

Sandy at Ooh La Frou Frou
http://oohlafroufrou.blogspot.com

Sandy at Ooh La Frou Frou said...

Just left you a comment, but I may have forgotten to do the word verification, so I'll send it again .. if it went through, this is just a duplicate!

This jam looks delicious! There's nothing like homemade jam -- the flavor is so much better. I love peaches and this recipe makes me crave peach cobbler! I was thinking recently how wonderful a strawberry freezer jam I made turned out and thought I must make it this year, but I think I'll try it with raspberries (my fav berry). Have a wonderful week, sweetie!

Sandy at Ooh La Frou Frou
http://oohlafroufrou.blogspot.com

Mary said...

The color of your jam is wonderful and it looks quite delicious. This is my first visit to your blog and I've spent some time browsing through your earlier entries. I'm so glad I did that. I really like the food and recipes you feature here. I hope you'll have a great day. Blessings...Mary

At Anna's kitchen table said...

Oh wow! Great photos!
I'm not really a jam maker- don't know why. I guess it scares me a bit.

Indie.Tea said...

The jam looks beautiful - all translucent and sunshine-colored. It looks happy, summery...and delicious.