Peach Vanilla Drizzle

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Nearly two weeks ago, I bought a 25 pound case of visually imperfect peaches. They were a little hard when I first got them, so I arranged them on rimmed cookie sheets and set them around the apartment, pretending all the while that it is entirely normal to have a half bushel of fruit ripening on every surface of one’s home (this week, I have trays of Italian plums scattered about).

By day five, many of the peaches were perfectly ripe and so I began to preserve. I tested some recipes for the new book (the honey sweetened peach rosemary jam with a touch of salt was revelatory), and made a batch of peach salsa for my personal pantry. I was weary of peeling, so I convinced myself I was letting the rest of the peaches ripen up while I took a break from the canning pot.

peach drizzle pot

And then, on Tuesday, I realized I’d let things go a little too far. The remaining peaches were heady with fragrance and speckled with brown soft spots. I took them to the kitchen and started to cull. I threw away the furthest gone fruit and set about to salvage the remaining useful bits.

After an hour spent trimming, I had 8 cups of usable peach hunks. I combined the chopped (but unpeeled) fruit in a pan with 2 split and scraped vanilla beans and 2 cups of sugar. As soon as the sugar was dissolved, I popped a cover on the pan and shoved it in the oven at 350 degrees F for a couple hours (can you tell that I was feeling a little weary of dealing with fruit?).

peach vanilla drizzle labels

Once two hours had passed, I pulled the pan out of the oven and fished out the vanilla beans. Then I pulled out my beloved immersion blender and blitzed the peaches until they were entirely smooth. I tasted, added the juice of 1 lemon for balance, and pureed again.

Once I liked the flavor, I poured it into a collection of half and quarter pint jars (the yield was 3 1/2 pints when all was said and done) and processed them in a boiling water bath canner for 10 minutes.

peach drizzle in orchard road jars

The end result is a product that exists someplace between a syrup and fruit butter. It’s sweeter and thinner than my standard butters, but manages to have far more body than your standard syrup.

I’m calling it a drizzle, because it does just that very nicely. I ate the two tablespoons that wouldn’t fit into a jar over yogurt, but it would be a great pancake or waffle topper. If you’ve got some end-of-season stonefruit that is giving you fits, I highly recommend this treatment.

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14 responses to “Peach Vanilla Drizzle”

  1. It’s so hard to put up all those beautiful summer fruit, especially when the days are leaning towards fall and you know you may not taste a fresh watermelon for another 10 months… Good on you for persevering and saving those peaches from certain death! I also think a drizzle sounds especially delightful.

  2. Sounds wonderful and thinking of trying it with some peaches I have in the freezer, but I’m thinking of using it on Pork Tenderloin.

  3. Sounds yummy! They had seconds at the farmers market last week, if they have some again, I’ll pick them up and try this

  4. I own a vitamix for just this problem – fruit out my ears on my property altho it’s race to get most of it before the bears do. Not always successful – he got most of my green and italian plums this year and did drastic damage to the trees. 🙁

  5. I understand the feeling of getting tired of canning a fruit! This summer I probably canned up 40+ lbs of strawberries and then later did the same thing with peaches. This recipe looks fabulous but I’ll definitely be waiting until next year to try it (that and peaches are already out of season here).

  6. How did you prevent fruit flies? It seems like I get them every September if I leave one fruit or veggie out on the counter.

    J

    • I make covers for my bowls out of thin cotton and elastic for rising dough, and ripening fruit! Etsy also has sellers who make them.

  7. That looks delicious!

    I hate when I let fruit get a little too ripe and have to throw some away. I love that you just trimmed the bad bits off and used the rest!

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