Amaretto Peach Preserves
Chock-full of peaches, sultanas and pecans, this lovely conserve will enliven your toast. Make it when peaches are in season and store.
One great idea is to make a big batch of preserves and give them as gifts over the festive period. Simply add a ribbon to the jar and start giving them away!
Makes 4–5 medium jars
1 cup (125 g) sultanas (golden raisins)
3/4 cup (185 ml) boiling water
900 g (2 lb) peaches, peeled and chopped
1 tablespoon grated orange zest
1/3 cup (80 ml) orange juice
2 tablespoons lemon juice
3 cups (630 g) sugar
1/2 cup (60 g) chopped pecans
3 tablespoons Amaretto, or other almond liqueur
Place sultanas in a small bowl. Cover with boiling water; let stand for 5 minutes. Place sultanas and their liquid in a large saucepan. Add peaches and orange zest. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 10–15 minutes, until peaches are tender.
Stir in orange and lemon juices; return to a boil. Add sugar. Cook, uncovered, over medium heat for 25–30 minutes, until thickened, stirring occasionally. Add pecans; cook for a further 5 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in the Amaretto.
Carefully ladle hot mixture into hot sterilised jars (see page 101), to within 5 mm (1/4 inch) of the top of the jar. Remove air bubbles; wipe rims and secure lids. Process in boiling water for 5 minutes.
Jars of preserves are great additions to gift hampers