Since I had so many peaches leftover from my Peach Bourbon Vanilla Bean Jam, I thought I’d try another variation. I’m a Canadian through and through, so obviously, I love maple syrup. As I was plotting what to do with all my extra peaches, I suddenly wondered what it would taste like if I replaced some of the sugar in my peach jam with maple syrup. Adding that rich, maple-y flavor to the sweetness of the peaches just seemed like a brilliant idea.
After doing a bit of research, I found that I could, indeed, use maple syrup! My heart skipped a beat, and I immediately went to work making my second delicious peach jam of the season. Let me know what you guys think!
First, get your mason jars sterilized and ready to go. Fill a large pot with the jars and cover them fully with water, making sure the water is at least 1 inch above the top of the jars. Bring the water to a boil, then continue to boil for at least 10 minutes. After that, you can turn off the burner and let them sit in the hot water for up to an hour. You can also put the lids and rings in the water at this point, since boiling them could damage the seals.
Making The Jam
Peel, pit and dice up your peaches. This will probably be the most time-consuming part of the job. Just be patient; it's totally worth it!!
Put the diced peaches into a bowl for easy transfer.
Toss all your ingredients into a pot. Turn your burner to high heat and stir your mixture. Once it boils, stir constantly for 2 minutes, then remove from heat. If you'd like a smoother mixture, use an immersion blender and quickly give your jam a puree. If not, just leave it as is.
Take your jars out of the hot water, drain them and place them on a towel. Fill them up with 1/4 inch of space left at the top.
Seal your jars and turn them upside-down immediately. Let them sit for 5 minutes, then turn them right side up again. Let them cool on the counter.
Decorating Your Jars
If you're feeling crafty like I was, you can wrap the lids like I did. I just used kraft paper and twine, but you could use wrapping paper or really any paper you want. Let your imagination run wild! I also used Scotch brand chalkboard labels, which I love because they stick well, but they're removable. This way, I can reuse my jars later. I also used chalk markers to label them.