Peach Berry Lavender Quick Jam

Peach-Berry Lavender Quick Jam is like summer in a jar. Steeped lavender gives it unique lightly floral flavor.

Peach Berry Lavender Quick Jam

This recipe could be called “what to do with a bag of nearly overripe peaches.” I had purchased a bag of eight, and within a couple of days they’d turned squishy under their velvet skins. Slicing them into manageable chunks was impossible because the flesh was so soft. It simply fell away from the pits (freestone peaches are best). Ironically, it is at this not-yet-spoiled stage that their fragrance and flavor is sweetest.

After much consideration and conversation, we settled on making quick jam. Turns out, this was the best possible idea. What I found was a new favorite filling for cakes, tarts, or macarons. However, it’s also good smeared on toast for breakfast.

Peach Berry Lavender Quick Jam

The jam gets just enough steeped lavender to punctuate the fruit flavors. It’s such a mild floral note but it really makes a big difference in the finished jam. The mixture gets its ruby red appearance from just a handful of strawberries – there are four in this recipe. The berries also enhance the flavor without taking away from the peach notes.

Peach Berry Lavender Quick Jam

Even if you don’t have overripe peaches, this recipe is worth a try. I especially recommend it if you’re looking for an interesting cake filling with big summer flavor (I have plans!).

Around here, it’s earned the name “summer in a jar.” I can tell you with much conviction, it’s really great on my grandmother’s buttermilk biscuits. You can find the biscuit recipe here.

Peach-Berry Lavender Quick Jam

Heather Baird
Peach-Berry Lavender Quick Jam is like summer in a jar. Steeped lavender gives it unique lightly floral flavor.
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Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Course Jams and Jellies
Cuisine American
Servings 3 cups

Equipment

  • 3 jam jars, 8 oz. each

Ingredients
 
 

  • 2 teaspoons dried culinary lavender buds
  • 1/4 cup 60 ml boiling water
  • 1 lb. 6-7 medium peaches, peeled, pitted and chopped
  • 3 oz. 3-4 medium strawberries, capped and chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups 150g granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

Instructions
 

  • Place the lavender buds in a small cup. Pour the boiling water over the buds and let stand 10 minutes to steep. Strain the lavender water into a bowl and set aside. Discard the buds.
  • In a large nonstick pot (at least 3 quart) combine the peaches, strawberries, sugar, and lemon juice. Bring to a boil and cook while stirring often; cook until thick and syrupy, about 15 minutes.
  • Add the lavender water and stir. Return the mixture to a boil and cook stirring often until the mixture reaches desired thickness. Cooking time can range from 2 minutes to 15 minutes. Cook 2 minutes for syrupy jam, cook longer for thicker jam. We like our jam thick, so we cooked it for another 15 minutes.
  • Remove jam from the heat and let cool to room temperature. Transfer to jars and chill, covered at least 2 hours before using. This jam keeps in the refrigerator for up to one month.

Notes

Inspired by a recipe in The Sunset Cookbook (Oxmoor House).
Keyword fresh peaches, lavender buds, strawberries, summer jam
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Unknown
3 years ago

Beautiful and perfect summer flavors! Definitely trying this weekend!

Natalie
Natalie
3 years ago

This jam looks so delicious and perfect for brunch!

Bronya Seifert
Bronya Seifert
3 years ago

It looks like summer in a jar…must make some so I can taste the sunshine.

Uleedog
Uleedog
3 years ago

One pound of peaches, two, gave me one and one half cups.

MeditatedMom
MeditatedMom
3 years ago

Can’t wait to see what cakes you make with this!

Sheri
Sheri
3 years ago

Can this be canned/processed in a water bath for longer storage?