Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Small Batch Fredericksburg Peach and Southern Comfort Jam

Canning 101  Small Batch Fredericksburg Peach and Southern Comfort Jam

Dallas Morning News Taste Section 6/18/2014

It's time for Peaches in Texas. I love Peaches and any recipe that calls for Peaches. The traditional cobblers, pies, tarts, jams and jellies. I chose this recipe to post on the blog rom today's Taste section in the Dallas Morning News.
This recipe comes from blogger Amber Bracegirdle, bluebonnetsand brownies.com.
For many of my friends out of state and out of the country, I thought I'd begin this post with a bit of information about Fredericksburg, Texas and Southern Comfort.

Fredericksburg, the county seat of Gillespie County, is seventy miles west of Austin in the central part of the county. The town was one of a projected series of German settlements from the Texas coast to the land north of the Llano River, originally the ultimate destination of the German immigrants sent to Texas by the Adelsverein. In August 1845 John O. Meusebach left New Braunfels with a surveying party to select a site for a second settlement en route to the Fisher-Miller Land Grant. He eventually chose a tract of land sixty miles northwest of New Braunfels, where two streams met four miles above the Pedernales River; the streams were later named Barons Creek, in Meusebach's honor, and Town Creek. Meusebach was impressed by the abundance of water, stone, and timber and upon his return to New Braunfels arranged to buy 10,000 acres on credit. The first wagontrain of 120 settlers arrived from New Braunfels on May 8, 1846, after a sixteen-day journey, accompanied by an eight-man military escort provided by the Adelsverein. Surveyor Hermann Wilke laid out the town, which Meusebach named Fredericksburg after Prince Frederick of Prussia, an influential member of the Adelsverein. Each settler received one town lot and ten acres of farmland nearby. The town was laid out like the German villages along the Rhine, from which many of the colonists had come, with one long, wide main street roughly paralleling Town Creek. The earliest houses in Fredericksburg were built simply, of post oak logs stuck upright in the ground. These were soon replaced by Fachwerk houses, built of upright timbers with the spaces between filled with rocks and then plastered or whitewashed over. 

Fredericksburg was founded in 1846 and named after Prince Frederick of Prussia. Old-time German residents often referred to Fredericksburg as Fritztown, a nickname that is still used in some businesses. The town is also notable as the home of Texas German, a dialect spoken by the first generations of German settlers who initially refused to learn English. Fredericksburg shares many cultural characteristics with New Braunfels, which had been established by Prince Carl of Solms - Braunfels the previous year. Fredericksburg is the birthplace of Fleet Admiral Chester Nimitz. It is the sister city of Montabaur, Germany. On October 14, 1970, the Fredericksburg Historic District was added to the National Register of Historic Places in Texas.

Southern Comfort is an American liqueur made from neutral spirits with fruit, spice and whiskey. The brand was originally created by bartender Martin Wilkes Heron in New Orleans in 1874, and is now owned by the Brown-Forman Corporation.

Small - Batch Fredericksburg Peach and Southern Comfort Jam:

1 1/2 pounds of fresh Texas peaches
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
2 TBS lemon juice
1/2 C water
1/4 C Southern Comfort
3 rounded TBS (about half a standard 3 - oz. packet) no-sugar needed pectin.
1 C granulated sugar

Wash, remove the pits and slice the peaches. No need to peel them.

In a large saucepan over medium high heat:
Lemon Juice
Bring to a boil , boil for 20 minutes.
Place the mixture in a Food Processor and pulse several times until it is pureed.
Place the puree back into the saucepan on medium high heat.
Add the Southern Comfort and mix well to incorporate .
Whisk in the Pectin, stirring until completely dissolved.
Return to a boil.
Add Sugar all at one time and whisk continuously.
Return to a rolling boil that can't be stirred down and boil for 1 minute.
Remove from heat and skim off the foam.
Place the Jam in clean canning jars, with lids.
Refrigerate up to 2 weeks.

Otherwise, to keep longer, put the jars and the jam through a canning process in the video above.
This recipe makes approximately 3 - 8oz. jars.

Peace in the Kitchen!

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