I found this recipe on the internet and did a bit of tweaking. The original recipe called for 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg and 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract. I made one batch with the nutmeg and vanilla and one batch omitting the nutmeg and switching to almond extract instead of vanilla . I prefer it without the nutmeg and using almond over vanilla hence this is how I posted the recipe. The nutmeg version is very good, but I just think personal preference comes into play here. Also, once your peaches are peeled and diced if they have a lot of juice you might want to drain about half of the juice in order to get a firmer "set".
- In large stockpot combine the peaches with the lemon juice and 2 cups of the sugar.
- Cover and let stand for 1 hour.
- When starting to cook peaches prepare water bath canner and sterilize jars by boiling for 10 minutes.
- Leave jars in hot water covered until ready to use.
- Add lids to a small saucepan and pour boiling water over (do not boil lids) and leave in hot water until ready to use.
- Add remaining sugar, cinnamon and butter and heat uncovered over medium heat stirring often until sugar is dissolved.
- Bring to a simmer and simmer for 5 minutes, stirring frequently.
- Increase heat to high, add pectin and bring to a full rolling boil (continues to boil while stirring).
- Boil for 1 minute then remove from heat and skim off excess foam.
- Add almond extract and let mixture cool for 5 minutes, stirring frequently.
- Ladle into sterilized jars leaving 1/4" headspace.
- Wipe rims clean and place seals on jars.
- Screw on bands just to finger tight.
- Place jars in water bath canner making sure you have 1-2 inches of water covering tops of jars.
- Cover, bring to a boil and boil for 10 minutes. (adjust for high altitude, if necessary).
- Turn off fire, remove lid and let sit for 5 minutes.
- Remove and let sit undisturbed until sealed and cooled.
- Check to make sure lids have sealed and store in cool dry area.