This recipe is by Janice Cole from Cooking Pleasures magazine. The peaches are accented with the sweet spices of cinnamon, cardamon, and nutmeg, creating a rich spread.
- Place all ingredients in a heavy large pot; stir to combine. Bring to a rolling boil over medium-high heat. Boil, stirring occasionally, 15 minutes, adjusting heat as necessary to maintain an even boil.
- While the mixture boils, mash fruit with a potato masher to desired consistency. Boil an additional 5 to 10 minutes, stirring frequently, or until slightly thickened (you'll see the bottom of the pot when stirring) and set.** (Temperature should be about 221 F.) Remove from heat; remove cinnamon stick.
- Pour hot jam into 4 sterilized 8-oz. jars. Carefully wipe jar rims; cover. (Jam can be made up to 1 month ahead and refigerated or up to 6 months ahead and frozen.) To store at room temperature, immediately process in a boiling water bath for 5 five minutes.
- Tips: * To peel peaches, drop peaches into larg pot of boiling water; boil 30 seconds or until peach skins loosen. Remove with slotted spoon; drop into ice water to cool. Use a knife to peel away skins.
- ** To test jam, before you begin cooking, place a small plate into the freezer to chill. When jam begins to thicken slightly, place a small amount of jam on chilled plate; return to freezer for 1 to 2 minutes (remove jam from heat during testing time). When set, jam will be slightly set and will not run on plate. If jam is too liquid, cook an addition 1 to 2 minutes before testing again.
Double everything but the cardamom, add a star anise or two into the pot (remove before placing into jars), and follow directions otherwise. Usually results in 8 half-pints that my friends and family actually ask if I'll be making again as peach season approaches.
"I doubled the recipe and made 8 half pints and it is delicious! I reduced the sugar a little and added 1/4 t. of cloves as suggested by other reviews. I will definitely make this jam again!"
Made 16 pints of this jam today and it is delicious. Instead of ground cardamom, I used whole smashed cardamom (removing the pods before canning) and it came out great! I also added a split vanilla bean per batch :) I will definitely be making this again.