Peach Vanilla Jam

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Even if you aren’t typically a jam maker, this small-batch peach vanilla jam might just change your mind. With fresh peaches plentiful and cheap right now, you can make a small quantity of jam (just about 2 cups) that can be refrigerated and used right away or even frozen to use later. No need to fuss with all that canning paraphernalia.

(Of course, if you don’t mind the canning routine, this is a lovely jam to “put up”. To make a larger batch, simply double or triple the recipe and follow your normal canning routine.)

I used vanilla bean paste in my jam. Have you tried it? I love it and often use it to replace vanilla extract or pods in recipes. There’s just something about those vanilla flecks in cupcakes, frosting … or jam. Of course, you can also use scrapings from a vanilla pod as well.

Peach Vanilla Jam

Peach Vanilla Jam on cream scones

Cook’s Notes:To quickly and easily remove peach skin, cut an “X” in the bottom of the peach, blanch the peaches in boiling water for 30 seconds, then transfer to an ice water bath. Once cool enough to handle, it will be easy to peel the skin off.

15 Comments

  • How serendipitous! I just bought some vanilla paste today while on a marathon shopping trip with my sis. I have read about it, but had never seen it to purchase until today! I do like the small batch that this recipe makes. I’ve never seen lemon seeds in a jam recipe before. What do they impart to the recipe? Intriguing! Thanks so much- I’m going to try this one, lemon seeds and all!

  • I just re-read your post and it answered my question about the lemon seeds- I should have read more carefully the first time!

  • Reply August 4, 2010

    Jennifer

    Hi Betty. I hope you enjoy the jam and you’ll love using that vanilla bean paste! I realized last night, as I was falling asleep, that I didn’t actually say in the recipe to take the lemon seed pouch out of the jam at the end of cooking. I’ve included that now, just in case! Apparently those little lemon seeds are packed with pectin, so it helps the jam set without commercial pectin.

  • Reply August 4, 2010

    Whitney Merritt

    Thanks for a great recipe! I have some peaches in my fruit bowl that are just screaming for this recipe.

  • Reply August 4, 2010

    Jennifer

    You’re welcome, Whitney. I’m sure you’ll love the jam.

  • Reply August 5, 2010

    The Food Hunter

    This looks wonderful. I haven’t been able to find vanilla paste in my area.

  • Reply August 5, 2010

    Jennifer

    I couldn’t find it around my area either (although I think Bulk Barn carries it now). I see you’re in the U.S. You can order it online from Arizona Vanilla, if all else fails.

  • Reply August 6, 2010

    Michelle

    This sounds absolutely delicious. I’ve never made jelly or jam, but I think I’d like to make this one.

  • Reply August 6, 2010

    Jennifer

    Hi Michelle. It is very yummy. I hope you have a chance to try it. It’s a great first jam to try.

  • Reply August 14, 2010

    Sarah

    This sounds delicious! I am going to try it out tomorrow, however I was thinking of omitting the butter. Can you tell me what the function of the butter is? Just for flavor or does it have a role in the way the jam forms.
    Thank you!
    Sarah

  • Reply August 14, 2010

    Jennifer

    Hello Sarah. The purpose of the butter is to reduce the foam that often forms from the boiling process. You can easily omit it, if you’d prefer. When your jam is done, if there is some foam, simply skim it off with a spoon and dispose of it before putting into your jar or container.

  • Reply September 11, 2010

    Monica

    Also, if you are anywhere a Williams-Sonoma the paste is $16CAN and since you don’t have to pay shipping so it’s the cheapest local option if you can hit the store in person. :) Great Recipe!

  • Reply September 11, 2010

    Jennifer

    Great option for anyone in the GTA, Monica (or those of us who like to visit often. Thanks!

  • Reply March 15, 2012

    Andrea

    I made this last summer (in fact, I ended up making 2 double batches). It was the hit of the season! This has to be the best jam I have ever had. Smeared on some freshly baked bread…YUM! It made it into all my Christmas gift baskets and was raved about by everyone. Thanks for such a wonderful recipe!

    • Reply March 15, 2012

      Jennifer

      You’re very welcome, Andrea. I can’t wait for peach season to make some more myself!

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