Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Easy peach confiture

This is likely to be the last weekend for stone fruit at the farmers market, so I'm planning on picking up some extra peaches to make a few jars of easy peach jam. As much as I love to cook, I'm not into canning and preserving, so when I say a few jars I mean two or three that will keep in the fridge a month or two.

There are only 4 ingredients—peaches, water, sugar, lemon juice—and the recipe couldn't be simpler. I approximate one cup of sugar for every pound of peaches, but, it really depends on the size of the fruit, and how sweet you like your jam. Remember though, this jam is made without pectin, so don’t skimp too much on the sugar or the mixture may not jell.

Peach Confiture

2-3 pounds of fresh peaches
½ cup of water
1 cup of sugar per pound of peaches, approximately
Juice from a fresh lemon
Several glass jars of various sizes

1. Cut the peaches in half and remove the pits

2. Place the peaches in a heavy bottom stockpot, add the water, cover the pot, and simmer the peaches until they are cooked through. Stir the mixture frequently.

3. Add the sugar and continue to cook, uncovered. The mixture will reduce and thicken. If foam appears, remove it. Continue to stir to make sure it doesn’t burn.

4. You’ll know the jam is finished cooking if, when you stick a cold metal spoon into the mixture, the jam doesn’t run off the spoon when you pull it out.

5. Stir in the lemon juice and spoon the jam into clean jars. (I don’t sterilize my jars, but I do run them through the dishwasher on the highest temp.)

6. Cover tightly, and cool completely before refrigerating.

This recipe takes very little time—probably less than an hour. But making use of fruit-in-season is oh-so-French. Of course, the pleasure you get from making something so fresh is incomparable; the smell of the peaches is heady and fragrant. And, it is so delicious—better than any jam you will buy from the grocery store. If you give this easy confiture a try, I’d love to hear how it turns out.

I can’t wait until Sunday morning to spoon this on to a fresh baguette or croissant . . .

11 comments:

  1. I'd love to try this. Peaches are among my favorite fruit. Thanks for the recipe!

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  2. Marsi,
    Not sure if you can still get fresh apricots, but David Lebovitz recently posted a nice piece (and similar recipe) for apricot jam. And of course, he has great pics.

    If you try the peach, let me know what you think, and if you changed it up at all.

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  3. It looks luscious. If I can rustle up my nerve maybe I'll try to make it.

    Are you sure it's easy? I get back to you. . .

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  4. tishhett,
    Well, I think it's easy, but I make no guarantees! Give it a try; what's the worst that could happen?!

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  5. I will be making this on Saturday! Thank you....
    BTW Thanks to you we have been LOVING David Lebovitz recipies...delicious

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  6. C'est moi, I am always a bit hesitant to share recipes, so please let me know how it turns out.

    Yes, I am a BIG fan of David Lebovitz and have tried many of his recipes. But I love his blog for other reasons, as well--the stories, the photographs, his easy writing style. I check David's blog every day and encourage others to do the same. And, if you enjoy his blog, you should definitely check out his books.

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  7. This looks really delicious. I've never tried making something like this before.

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  8. I made it yesterday, and it's scrumptious over a very good vanilla ice cream. Or plain, straight out of the jar. I kept the syrup on the thin side because I didn't want the peaches to completely fall apart, and knew I'd want to eat them plain or with ice cream/yogurt, rather than have it on bread. Thanks for sharing!

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  9. Tried it and absolutely loved it! It took me more than an hour to get to the right consistency, but I assure you it was easy enough for a 9 month pregnant working mom chasing a 2 year-old. And now I am loving the summer peach flavor on bread.

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  10. Should I skin the peaches? Wonderful recipe! I'm excited to make this jam this fall.

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