Peach Butter

Peaches are 99 cents a lb here so I have been trying out some new recipes to use peaches in! I picked up just a couple from the grocery store to try making some peach butter. Check out how I made it and my recipe below!

peaches

Ingredients

  • 4 big peaches
  • 1/4 cup of sugar
  • Squeeze of lemon juice
  • Tablespoon of Cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup of water

First up you need to peel your peaches.  A lot of people will use a peeler, I think its easiest to take them and shock them in boiling water and then set in ice water.  They only need to be in the boiling water 30 seconds and the peels will just come right off.

Take your peaches and score the bottom this will make it easier for the skins to come off.  Set in boiling water for 30 seconds.

boilingpeaches

Now put in ice bath, you should see the skins start to come off before you even start trying to remove them.

peelingpeaches

Once you get the skins off, take a knife and cut all the way around the peach go all the way to the pit.  Its like cutting in half but the pit is in the center.  Then you hold the peach with both hands and twist each half in different directions and the peach should fall in half easily.

cuttingpeaches

halfingpeaches

Take the pit out, and rough chop all of the peaches and set into pan.  Reserve 1/2 cup of the water you boiled the peaches in or just get 1/2 cup of new water and mix in with roughly chopped peaches.

cookchoppedpeaches

choppedpeaches

Now you are going to gently cook the peaches for about 10 minutes to get them soft.

boilingchoppedpeaches

Once they are soft move them to a blender to puree.

purreeingpeaches

Puree peaches until completely smooth and then put back in the same pan.

pureedpeaches

Now you will need to get the temperature back up so that the liquid in the peaches starts to evaporate.  This is going to be about medium to low heat and you should see steam coming off of them.  You will want to watch it if you have it on low you should be fine without mixing just be careful not to burn the puree. This will need to reduce for about an hour.  You can do it to whatever consistency you want, usually peach butter is pretty thick so I reduced mine for the full hour.

I added the sugar and seasonings at the end because I didn’t want to over sweeten it and since all peaches taste a little different depending on ripeness.  And when you reduce anything the flavors will always be more concentrated at the end because so much liquid has evaporated, so its best to wait to the end if you don’t want to over sweeten. I ended up using about 1/4 cup sugar, you can use whatever sweetener you would like and whatever seasonings.  It will turn a deep brown orange color when done.

reducedpuree.jpg

Store it by canning, freezing or eat right away.

finishedpeachbutter

Enjoy in a savory dish or sweet.  Goes will with oatmeal, pancakes, sandwiches, BBQ sauce, biscuits and more.

Happy Cooking!

peachbutterwith toast

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