Thursday, August 06, 2009

Peach Butter? Jam? Compote?

I'm not exactly sure what to call this. I intended it to be peach butter but it didn't really turn out that way. The peaches are from the farmers market and some of them had gone south already so I had to toss them into the compost. With what was remaining (maybe 7/8) I blanched them to get the skin off and cut them up into bite-sized pieces. I added about 1 1/4 cups of sugar, a little almond extract, and the scrapings of 1/2 a vanilla bean. There was supposed to be lemon juice too but I forgot to add it. I boiled it for 10 minutes and it got too thick too quick, so I added about 1/2 cup of peach schnapps to thin it out. I'm sure orange juice or peach nectar would be fine too. Then I simmered it on medium/low for about an hour. The result is a very sweet (could have used a little less sugar) stewed fruit concoction. I think it probably more closely resembles a compote than anything. It's really, really good warmed just slightly and served over vanilla ice cream. Other possible uses include pound cake, parfait, waffles, etc. The color is a little off but that's because I forgot the lemon juice. Might try this again with less sugar and orange juice instead of the schnapps.


Anonymous said...

Oh my. it sounds amazing whatever you decide to call it. YUM.

lynseym said...

i was delicious dear!