Thursday, October 4, 2012
My friend Jen Atkinson gave me some peaches the other day, so I made some Spicy Peach Honey. My family loves this stuff, so I thought I would share this recipe. I found this recipe in a very old cookbook over 30 years ago. For you young people, before pectin was on the market, you would have to cook jam for about 20 minutes, it would be very hard for me to make this jam without scorching the pan. So I finally adapted this recipe to the slow cooker. Now it cooks in the slow cooker all day, my house smells wonderful, and it never scorches. Here's the recipe:
Spicy Peach Honey
6 pounds Peaches
9 cups Sugar
1 Tblsp. Lemon Juice
2 tsp. Cinnamon
1/2 tsp. Cloves
(or if I have it I use 3 tsp. Pampered Chef Cinnamon Plus)
Cook peaches in hot water for 1 minute, place in cold water and remove skins and pits, place in food processor and process until smooth. Measure peaches (should be about 9 cups) place peaches and equal amount of sugar in large crockpot, add lemon juice and spices, stir well. Cook on medium for 6 to 8 hours. (Or boil in stockpot on stove for 20 minutes). Pour hot mixture into hot jars, leaving 1/4 inch headspace, seal. Process 10 minutes in boiling water bath. (I've even put the lids and rings on and turned upside down on the counter, on a towel, and they seal because its so hot, you could even try putting in freezer containers and putting in the freezer, I haven't tried that) Makes 6 to 7 pints.
My current project is the Halloween quilt called "Sew Spooky" from The Quilt Company. Just about every magazine on the market is advertising this quilt as a block of the month from different quilt stores. I am making it very scrappy, I will post pictures as I get each block done, so check back to see how it is coming along.