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.
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.

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Posted by on January 3, 2013
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