The other day The Kid came home from a new friend's house with 12 peaches. It was a cool surprise and was just one of the many added perks of our recent move to the Okanagan Region of British Columbia.
We ate a few, but since neither The Kid nor the Husband list peaches as a favourite fruit I figured I should find something to do with some of the peaches, and then I remembered - The Birks Box had a recipe for peach something.
I dug through the box and found the recipe for Peach Conserves. This recipe is written on the opposite side of the envelope that has the recipe for Chococlate Oatmeal Cookies (which I really should make again).
As always, the first thing is to gather the ingredients, or in my case as close to the ingredients as you can get.
- 4cups diced peaches
- 1 cup shredded pineapple
- 2 oranges, juice and grated rind
- 2 lemons, juice and grated rind
- 5cups of sugar
- 12 maraschino cherries
Instructions.....well as with many of the Birks Box recipes, it's a bit vague. After the listing for maraschino cherries the recipe says this (fine min before removing from stove). So, as usual I just guessed.
- I have no idea what a Conserve is, I cut the recipe in half. I also didn't have a lemon, so I used a lime instead. Ditto with the marachino cherries - I used fresh (which is why you will see later everything is fuschia coloured).
- Next step peel the peaches. To do this, boil some water, score an X on the bottom of the peaches and the drop them in the water for 30 seconds. Remove and place in a bowl of ice water. After the cool, the skin pretty much just comes right off. Simple. You can watch Canadian Living's video here if you need to see this done in real time. Peaches taking an ice bath
- After the peaches were peeled, I chopped them up and put everything except the cherries in a sauce pan on medium heat and cooked it all until I thought it was done. This took about 15 minutes. While the fruit cooked I pitted and chopped up some fresh cherries, adding them into the sauce pan as I removed it from the heat.
I poured the mixture in to three clean canning jars, tightened the lids, and watched as they sealed themselves. Canning is magic.
You may be wondering, "what's a conserve?" Excellent question, and one I don't really have the answer to. What I made reminds me of this.
It's not bad at all, just not what I expected. It's great as bowl of fruit salad, and also very nice on a bowl of vanilla ice cream. I'm thinking it will also be excellent layered with plain greek yogurt and granola as a breakfast parfait.
I might have a look through the box and see what other fruit recipes are in there. I'm off to pick apricots tonight, and possibly plums later in the week, and will of course be picking up some more peaches at the market this week!
And if you know what a conserve is and would care to enlighten me so I know what I should be doing next time - please let me know!