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

  • 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

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.

For Fresh Peaches: Prepare a simple syrup mixture by bringing 4 cups water and 3 cups granulated sugar to a boil; stir in remaining ingredients and set aside. Meanwhile, peel, halve and pit 9 medium sized peaches placing into bowl or quart jars. Pour hot syrup over peaches and finish as above. These are not shelf stable and must be refrigerated.


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  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.

    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!

  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.

    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!

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


  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.

    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!

  5. After being on the internet looking for my spiced peaches recipe I finally found the jackpot here. The other sites always wanted something and something,etc. You did not,so I am pleased and will use your site from now on. And the gadgets on either side are quite useful. Thank you so much!!!

    1. I'm so glad that you found the recipe you were looking for & welcome to the Deep South Dish family!!

  6. These sound so good! Spiced Peaches are my sister-in-laws favorite thing to have at the holidays! She has a similar...recipe and they are good. We will have to try this one. She uses regular sugar in hers. I bet the brown sugar will be good. Pinning it!

  7. Oh Mary! This is my Ma-Ma's recipe for pickled peaches. I haven't had them since before she passed away. Now all I can think of is having some. She used to use fresh peaches when she lived in the south, but ended up using canned when she was forced to live in the God-forsaken north. I'm making some this summer and eating them all. by. my. self. Although, if you would like to come over for some, I'll share with you, too! ;)

    1. I tell you what - I'd be there in a split second!! I LOVE these!

  8. Mary, This looks really, really good. I’ve never had them before, but I’m going to give it a go. Normally we put-up peaches every year but we missed the peach season this year. I was busy turning an old 6,000 sq. ft. antiques building into our new church. One of these days God is going to let me retire in peace… Not!
    I did take your advice on the soft skin fruit peeler from Zyliss. It’s outstanding. I’m good, but that thing is so much easier. Thank you.
    God bless.

    1. I don't think God can afford to let somebody like you retire Chris! :)

      Isn't that tool the best? Let me know what you think of the peaches!!

  9. My 83 year old Mom from the south can not find canned spice peaches in California anymore. That is her favorite memory from her family Christmas. She served them every year at our Christmas dinners and frankly she was the only one that enjoyed them. But since she can't find them anymore I was searching for a receipe and your sounds exactly like what she likes. Thanks for sharing & I think my Mom is going to be really happy to have her spiced peaches this year! Merry Christmas.

  10. My mom used to get spiced peaches for me at Thanksgiving & Christmas. I can't find them in any grocery store but this sounds easy & delicious so I am going to make these.

  11. I'm using sliced peaches, hope it turns out. 🤔

  12. Mary, I made these (1/2 recipe) for Christmas dinner and they were a huge hit! We haven't been able to buy spiced peaches for a number of years now, but because of you, I've found a better replacement! Seriously, Thank you!
    John in California.

  13. I've been looking for a recipe for spiced peaches to replace the canned spiced peaches my son-in-law loves. So many of them, including yours, call for VINEGAR!! Does your recipe have a "bite" to it from the vinegar? Are they sweet like the canned peaches?

    Thank so much for your help.

    1. Yeah, think like the sweet & sour vinegar based dressings, such as we use in the south for some salads or especially with cucumbers salads. Spiced peaches are actually pickled peaches with spices - cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg - which is why you see the recipes with vinegar. The recipe starts with peaches in heavy syrup, for the sweet! It's hard to describe the taste, beyond yummy, and it's not a canning recipe, so you could try making it without the vinegar, but I can't imagine that it'd be the same absent the vinegar.


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