Summary: Wow! Such a unique way to enjoy peaches. This jam takes advantage of the sweet depth of white peaches but adding a savory component of rosemary, black pepper and Cognac. This would be fabulous on grilled bread and/or as a spread for a good, salty, hard cheese!
- 4 cups peeled, pitted and chopped white peaches
- 1½ c unrefined, granulated sugar
- 4 5″ sprigs of rosemary (kept whole)
- 1/16 – 1/8 tsp freshly ground black pepper
- 2 tsp Cognac (optional)
- If you’re going to preserve this jam, set up your waterbath canner. Get the water boiling and then sterilize whatever jars you want that make up 1½ pints.
- In the meantime, in a heavy-bottomed, non-reactive pot set over medium-high heat, put the chopped peaches and sugar. Stir and cook until the sugar is melted, and then turn the heat up to high. When the peaches have started to melt down, use a potato masher to make the consistency an even one. Add the rosemary sprigs and Cognac and stir. After 1 minute, test the flavor of the jam; if the infused rosemary flavor is strong enough for you, remove the sprigs. If not, leave in for another minute and test again.
- Once you’ve removed the rosemary, add the pepper, starting with a lesser amount. Test, in the way you tested the rosemary, and add more pepper if its presence isn’t strong enough.
- When the jam has thickened nicely and hovers around 213 degrees, ladle carefully into your jars, apply the lids and bands and process for 14-16 minutes.
Recipe by Em-i-lis