Friday, November 15, 2013

Spiced Peaches

Easy spiced peaches, made from canned peach halves and a spiced vinegar and brown sugar syrup - a perfect holiday side.

Spiced Peaches

Lots of folks still put up peach preserves and butters and jarred slices and peach halves in the summer, and many of them are sure to include a few jars of them spiced. They really are delicious. Did you know that you can get that same tasty flavor for a practical holiday side dish, with no canning and just a few basic, pantry items? These really are so simple to put together and just the perfect accent to the holiday meal.

Here's how to make them.

All you need are 2 large cans of peach halves, whole cinnamon sticks, whole cloves, a little freshly grated nutmeg, brown sugar and apple cider vinegar. Drain the syrup from the peaches into a medium sized saucepan. Full recipe text with measurements is at the bottom of the page.


Add the brown sugar, vinegar, cloves, nutmeg and cinnamon sticks to the syrup; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook for 5 minutes.


Meanwhile, carefully place the peach halves and cranberries, if using, into a covered storage bowl and pour the hot syrup over the top.


Cover and refrigerate for a full 24 hours at least. You absolutely cannot skip this waiting period. The peaches need time to absorb the spices and the flavors need time to meld together and mellow. Longer is even better, so prepare them two or three days in advance if possible. They will store well up to a week.


When ready to serve, transfer the peaches and syrup to a serving dish.

Recipe: Spiced Peaches

©From the Kitchen of Deep South Dish
Prep time: 10 mins |Inactive time: 24 hours | Yield: About 4 to 6 servings

Ingredients
  • 2 large (29 ounce) cans of peach halves, in heavy syrup
  • 1 cup of light brown sugar, packed
  • 1 cup of apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon of whole cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon of freshly grated nutmeg
  • 4 whole cinnamon sticks, broken into pieces
  • 1/4 cup of fresh cranberries, optional
Instructions

Drain the syrup from the peaches into a medium sized saucepan. Add the brown sugar, vinegar, cloves, nutmeg and cinnamon sticks to the syrup; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook for 5 minutes. Meanwhile, carefully place the peach halves and cranberries, if using, into a covered storage bowl. Pour the hot syrup over the top. Cover and refrigerate for a full 24 hours at least; longer is even better, up to a week. Transfer the peaches and syrup to a serving dish.

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8 comments:

  1. I wonder if this would also work with pears. My mom used to can spiced little sugar pears whole. I have not had one for years but still remember them. Wonder if canned pears halves done this way might be a good substitute. How about apple rings as I see commercially canned versions of those.

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    1. Although it's written specifically for peaches, I'm guessing it would, although if I were writing a recipe for pears or apples, I'd tend to play around with the ingredients I think. I'm sure somewhere down the line I'll work on that!

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  2. oh Mary both the Green Beans with pecan's and bacon oh my and spiced peaches my grandma always had these i believe she had canned them but yours sound yummy.

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    1. They are both kinda special holiday sides aren't they? This is a shortcut version of the canned spiced peaches, but they are soooo good. Hope you try them Bev!

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  3. Had these Peaches at Thanksgiving dinner yesterday and they were a hit. DELICIOUS!!!!!
    Absolutely a keeper!!!!!

    Thanks......

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  4. I made these for our Christmas buffet. They were absolutely delicious!!! The only thing I did different was use ground cinnamon instead of stick cinnamon (because I didn't have any) and after I made the sauce I dumped everything in a crockpot on warm. served with vanilla ice cream. that was an easy recipe and I will be making it for future get togethers.

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    1. Aren't they yummy?! Every time I see this picture I want some more of them. I'm so glad that they were a hit on your buffet & thanks so much for taking the time to come back by and let me know - that really means a lot to me!! Happy New Year!

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