Agave Peach Vanilla Syrup
I was forced into a love affair with peaches.
You see I’m not a fan. I’m a nectarine girl and did my best to plant the perfect nectarine tree for my area. Stone fruit does extremly well where I live and I was so excited to find the perfect pigmy nectarine tree three years ago. Last year it produced fruit for the first time. PEACHES! yes my nectarine tree is a peach tree. Since I don’t care for raw peaches I had to get creative.
2 1/2 pounds yellow peaches
1 1/2 cups agave ( you could use honey)
1 vanilla bean and 1/2 teaspoon spice of your choice.
Peel peaches and dice. Combine them with the agave in a medium bowl. Split open a vanilla bean and scrape out all the vanilla seeds with the blade of a paring knife. Add both the seeds and the split bean to the peaches and agave. Stir to combine.
Let the peaches and agave sit for at least 10 to 15 minutes, so that the agave can help make the peaches juicy. When you’re ready to cook, scrape the peaches, agave, and vanilla into a slow cooker.
4 to 6 hours for a mild flavor 10 to 12 hours if you want it to become deep and dark. Fish out the vanilla bean and use an emersion blender to break down the peaches an hour into the process.
Prepare a boiling water bath canner and four half pint jars. Place lids in a small saucepan and bring to a bare simmer for 10 minutes. Place rim on jar and then funnel your peach agave syrup into the jar. This is a wonderful trick I learned recently it keeps bacteria from getting on edge of jar.
Process in a boiling water bath canner for 10 minutes (don’t start your timer until the pot returns to a boil).
When the time is up, remove jars from the canner and place them on a folded kitchen towel to cool.
When the jars are cool enough to handle (let them rest at last an hour or two), remove rings and test seals. Unsealed jars should be refrigerated and used promptly. Sealed jars are shelf stable for up to a year.
Agave will allow the peach flavor to shine more than honey. This syrup is nice and thick for vanilla ice cream. Also great on whole grain pancakes.