Delicious peach jam spiced up with vanilla, white rum and some thyme for added zing. Very easy to make and success guaranteed, everyone will love it!
In my childhood both my grandma and my mom regularly made jam and canned. Every year in the summer there were weeks they brought home baskets full of fruits (apricot, strawberry, sour cherry, cherry, plum, blackberry, etc.) and then made jam with it. With my sisters we loved to help and we all had our favourites. Apricot was one we all loved (and I was very partial to raspberry), but somehow I can’t recall that we were crazy about peach jam. My mom didn’t even make it, we only got a few jars from my grandma.
So this year when I spied some fresh and wonderful smelling peaches at the farmers’ market I knew I wanted to experiment and had no doubt that I could create a delicious peach jam recipe. Well I did, and once again, after Boyfriend and the family gobbled it up I can say it was a success! I even gifted some jars to grandparents and friends as they make a lovely homemade and special gift, just put the jam in nice little jars and decorate them, I’m sure they will love it!
After last week’s strawberry jam recipes I’m sharing with you another new recipe favourite I developed last week: delicious peach jam spiced up with vanilla, white rum and some thyme for added zing! (I made my vanilla extract at home, by putting vanilla beans in white rum, but you can use white rum and vanilla extract or paste just the same.)
The recipe is very easy and you can have your jam within the hour. So let’s get to it and let me know if you try it.
- 1000 gr peaches
- 150 gr coconut sugar / raw cane sugar / xylitol
- juice of 1 lemon
- 1-2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
- 1 small handful of fresh thyme leaves (or 1 tablespoon of dried thyme)
- 5 cl Bacardi white rum
- 1 packet of Dr. Oetker Gelfix Super 3:1
- In a bigger pot boil water and put the peaches in the boiling water for 2-4 minutes.
- Take out the peaches and carefully peel them (you may want to wait for them to cool a bit).
- In a saucepan mix together the halved and sliced peaches, the sugar, lemon juice, vanilla extract and thyme, and cook on low heat until the peach softens.
- Mix in the Gelfix, continue cooking on low, stirring constantly so it doesn't burn, until your jam starts to boil. Continue boiling until the mixture thickens. (Put a spot of jam on a chilled plate and if it solidifies then your jam is ready to be put into streilized jars. (If the jam is still liquid, keep it on low and stir it occasionally, it will thicken.)
- Add in the white rum and while stirring boil it for another minute.
- Take it off your stove and with an immersion blender blend until there are no more peach chunks.
- Pour into sterilized jars, screw the lids on tight and put them upside down on a tray. After 5-10 minutes turn them over and let them cool.
2. If you use dried thyme use much less as their scent is more powerful than the fresh ones.
MyCookingSecrets.com | Krystallia Giamouridou says
The jam’s texture looks so smooth! I bet the taste will be good too… Thanks for sharing, now I can take full advantage of all ripe peaches 😀 😀
You’re welcome Krystallia, I hope you’ll make them. Oh yes they are smooth and silky, so good you want to eat it by the spoonful 😉
MyCookingSecrets.com | Krystallia Giamouridou says
I made it! It tastes good, but the rest of the family was quite surprised with the thyme aftertaste. They are not used to it in jams, so next time I will add some vanilla or something else instead 🙂
Yes, it can be surprising, and it really depends on one’s personal taste whether they find it good strange or weird strange 🙂 I was very surprised that my grandparents, who are older found it good 😉 Oh yes, add some vanilla beans in it, it will make it fragrant and delicious!
Marsha @ Marsha's Baking Addiction says
This peach jam looks so good! I’ll need to make some soon! Pinned!
Thank you Marsha, make some before peach season is over! These are perfect for Christmas or housewarming/birthday gifts, just saying 😉
Riz @ Chocolates & Chai says
Oh my Stella!
This looks delicious, I’m afraid I wouldn’t be able to stop eating this!
Thanks for stopping by Riz! Well Boyfriend has the same problem, so I tend to put the jam in small jars, because once he starts he can’t stop and eats them in one (or max 2) sitting!
Sina @ Vegan Heaven says
This looks so delicious, Stella! I love peach jam and what a great idea to add thyme. This sounds like such a great combo! 🙂
Thanks Sina, I love how fragrant thyme is! When I bought a small thyme bush I used it for so many things in that week: this jam, oven baked grilled vegetables, fish with lemon and thyme, etc. I hope you give it a try!
The Hungry Mum says
have never heard of adding rum to jam but I can def get onboard with this idea! Love it!
The rum aftertaste depends on how long you boil the jam after adding the rum, so if you want it to be more prominent, don’t boil it long (or at all), and keep it for the adults 😉
Kristen @ A Mind Full Mom says
Homemade Jam is awesome! I am in love that you added rum and thyme—crazy. Love it!
Thanks Kristen! 🙂 Some people (in my family as well) found it strange, but once they tasted it they just ate another and another spoonful, so that’s enough of confirmation, isn’t it? 😉
Ali @ Home & Plate says
This jam is the most interesting recipe I’ve seen. I bet it goes wonderfully on just about anything. I’m thinking it would be the perfect dipper for coconut shrimp. Wow.
Oh interesting idea to pair it with coconut shrimp Ali. But with the rum and peaches I’m sure it would go super well with it. Let me know if you try it 🙂
Julia (@Imagelicious) says
I love fruit and herb jam combination, it’s perfect for cheeses! I also like how this jam doesn’t have a lot of sugar
Yes Julia, it would go very well with cheese (I’, thinking Brie, Gouda, blue cheese, mmm). Yes, I always start with the low end of the scale and add a minimum of sugar and only add more if I find it not sweet enough, I prefer to have the fruits be dominant in my jams and not the sweetness.
Linda Roisum says
I love making my own jam. Your recipes looks and sounds wonderful and good news (for me, at least) I have peaches from this past summer in the freezer. I will definitely be making this soon. Thank you for sharing.
Yes, so good for you to have some peaches at home Linda 🙂 I also love making jams at home, not only can you control what is in them, but you can get creative and add in some rather unusual ingredients (like vanilla beans, rum, or thyme 😉 for a unique but delicious end result. Enjoy!
pam greer says
I love the rum and thyme in it!!
It sure adds more zing to the peaches! 😉
Wow, this sounds delightful! I have only used thyme in a few recipes, but I definitely need to use it more. I love the addition of white rum as well.
Thank you Willow! Yes, I decided to experiment more with herbs and spices and thyme goes so well with fish, meat, potatoes, vegetables, and even peach! 😉
Howie Fox says
Wow, glad you spied those peaches!! This experiment turned out awesome!! 😀
Love the photos too!
Thank you Howie! 🙂