August 22, 2010

Peach and Lemon Thyme Freezer Jam and a Giveaway!

It’s peach season in Texas. Well, it’s been peach season for a while now, truthfully. I love it. Peaches are one of my favorite fruits. I won’t settle for those cold storage, flavorless specimens at the grocery though – it’s local or nothing for me. Texas peaches simply are juicier and more flavorful. Because of my devotion to this favorite fruit of mine, I recently bought a huge quantity of peaches, just so I could freeze some and enjoy them in the colder months of the year.

I did set some aside for jam, however. I found some low-sugar pectin, so I wouldn’t have to add cup after cup of the stuff. Of course, I was lazy and didn’t want to can the jam, so I simply stuck it in the freezer. Easy peasy. And since my lemon thyme has been flourishing, I decided to throw some in the mix, just for fun.

What resulted was a lovely, fresh, flavorful jam. Not too sweet, as I only used a half-cup of honey for the entire batch, but plenty delicious for sure. Other than the “taste tests” I performed on the jam as I was making it, it was first enjoyed on these lovely coconut flour biscuits, courtesy of Diet, Dessert and Dogs. With a cup of coffee, this was a lovely breakfast. I also plan on glazing roasted chicken with the jam in the near future.

Speaking of coconut flour, I’ve been baking with it quite a bit lately. It’s a great gluten-free, grain-free flour. It’s very high in fiber and protein. It doesn’t mess with my digestive system (a big win for me!). And it lasts a while, since coconut flour is quite absorbent, and you don’t need as much in a baked good recipe.

I’d love to share in my coconut flour baking experiences, so when Tropical Traditions gave me another opportunity to give away one of their products, I opted for their coconut flour. I’ve been loving it – using it in pancakes, brownies, and biscuits.

I’d love for you to bake with it too! This giveaway is for one 2.2 pound bag of coconut flour, courtesy of Tropical Traditions.

How do you win? Lots of ways! Leave me a comment for each of these activities:

1. Leave a comment telling me what you’d like to bake with coconut flour.

2. Become a fan of Tasty Eats At Home on Facebook and leave me a comment telling me you did so.

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6. Blog about this giveaway and leave me a comment telling me you did so.

7. Subscribe to Tasty Eats At Home via RSS or email and leave me a comment telling me you did so.

That’s it! This means you can enter up to 7 times for this giveaway. The giveaway will end on August 31, 2010, and a winner will be randomly chosen and announced on the following day.

And now, on to the jam recipe!

Peach and Lemon Thyme Freezer Jam, adapted from Pomona Pectin

4 c peeled, chopped, and/or mashed peaches

1/4 c lemon juice

1/2 c honey

1 t lemon thyme leaves, minced

4 1/2 t pectin powder plus 3 t calcium water (from a Pomona low-sugar pectin box)

To easily peel peaches: Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Slice an “X” just through the skin on the bottom of each peach. Using a slotted spoon, lower the peaches into the water. Boil for 1-2 minutes, remove with the slotted spoon, and immediately plunge into a bowl of ice water. The peels should slip off easily.

Add the calcium water to a medium saucepan. Pour honey into a separate bowl. Mix the pectin powder into the honey.

Add the peaches, lemon juice, and thyme to the calcium water. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Add pectin-honey mixture and stir vigorously for 1-2 minutes. Return to a boil and remove from heat.

Fill jars or containers to 1/4 inch from top. Allow to cool to room temperature. Place jars in freezer without lids and freeze overnight or until firm. Place lids on jars.

To use, thaw jam in refrigerator overnight. Should be used within 2 weeks once opened.

79 Responses to “Peach and Lemon Thyme Freezer Jam and a Giveaway!”

  1. Ooh, I’ve used coconut flour a few times and really liked it. I’d love to make my gluten free Almond Joy brownies with it again!

  2. I’m already a fan on FB.

  3. I already subscribe to your blog.

  4. I LOVE their coconut flour! You don’t have to enter me in the drawing. It lasts a long time too, it’s great because a little goes a very long way! i love that!! :-) I can’t wait to see the recipes you make with it!

  5. I just posted on my Facebook page about your blog and the giveaway!
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  6. I would love to try to bake with coconut flour! The peach jam sounds super delicious with thyme!

  7. what a fun idea – I think I’d try it with muffins?

  8. I bet the peaches in Texas are good, stone fruits certainly love the heat. Some fruits are meant to be eaten locally and this is one of them. Peaches simply to do not ship well, and so most farms must pick them before they have a chance to ripen.

    I can tell you that I have had good experiences baking with coconut flour, especially when it comes to creating chocolate desserts. The coconut simply adds a complementary layer of flavor to the all so familiar and indulgent cocoa. So I would make a coconut cake with this flour.

  9. I became a fan on facebook and a follower on twitter.

  10. I tweeted about this giveaway on twitter @freshlocalbest.

  11. I’m following you via Google Reader.

  12. Wow never had this kind, but would love to try it~ very nice giveaway~

  13. I love to make cakes and bread with coconut flour – have some in the fridge as we speak. Love the peach jam

  14. I love coconut flour! I would make cupcakes & muffins!

  15. I follow you on twitter.

  16. ooh..exotic giveaway…I would love to try brownies using coconut flour..thanks..

    ramvinayak_81@rediffmail.com

  17. I posted the contest on Facebook. :)

  18. I am also an email subscriber…

    ramvinayak_81@rediffmail.com

  19. Mmm, fresh peach jam! Sounds fabulous. So glad you liked the coconut flour biscuits, too–thanks for the link! :) I have been experimenting a lot with coconut flour and would love to create some coconut pancakes. :)

  20. I already subscribe to your blog. :)

  21. I “like” you on FB, I subscribe to your blog, and I am totally faithful fan! Would love to try the flour. I find myself eating less and less gluten all the time. LOVE this peach recipe and the lemon thyme is a great idea! I need to go out and get some Texas peaches before the season is completely gone!

  22. I fanned you on FB! Loving the idea of an herbed stone-fruit jam. I too live in Texas. I have a nearly impossible time, though, finding organic peaches down here, have you found an orchard? Because they are always on the Top 10 Worst list of fruits that retain pesticides, I won’t eat them conventional. We’ve been lucky to get quite a few through our organic co-op, but I don’t think they are texan.

  23. PS – how funny! I linked to you through an FB ad that I liked, and now I see that you are the same writer that Cindy Telisak told me about! Maybe we will meet at her October Festival? Best – Sarah

  24. What a lovely jam, Alta! And, great idea to freeze it! :-) I haven’t tried coconut flour yet, but I’m imagining some wonderful muffins with it or creating a new coconut pound cake by adding that and more to the mix. ;-)

    Shirley

  25. I’m a fan on Facebook.

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  28. I posted about the giveaway on my gfe Facebook page.

  29. I became a fan of Tasty Eats At Home

  30. I would love to make strawberry shortcake with the coconut flour. So many of the flours cause me issues and I haven’t yet tried coconut flour.

  31. I’ve subscribed to Tasty Eats At Home by email

  32. I tweeted.

  33. Following on twitter! I’d use this flour to work up some sort of chocolate-coconut cookies!

  34. Peach and thyme? I would’ve never thought. I’ll have to try this out!!

  35. The recipe looks delicious. What a great combination of flavors. I actually have not baked with the coconut flour. The 1st time I tried I bombed and that was several months ago. I need to try again.

  36. I like using coconut flour in muffins and banana breads. The peach jam looks excellent!

  37. I follow you on Twitter

  38. I have never tried coconut flour, I’d like to use it for my favorite gluten-free chocolate chip cookies.

  39. Freezer jam…wow. It looks beautiful (that photograph above grabbed my attention)…and to add lemon and thyme to peaches…well, words just fail me.

  40. Oh yay! There are so many things I want to make with coconut flour, I don’t even know where to begin. Cookies, muffins, quick breads. YUM!

  41. I already follow you on twitter.

  42. I subscribed to your RSS feed.

  43. I would love to make my cherry upside down cake with it.

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  46. Practice my gluten free baking – blondies first!

  47. i have never used coconut flour before but would love to try it – those biscuits look wonderful so i would likely start w/ those. would you know how the coconut flour compares nutrionally to wheat (i.e. protein and calories)?

    i couldn’t agree w/ you more about the peaches – i neve buy them in the store but love them fresh from the tree in season. yummmy.

    jacquieastemborski AT comcast DOT net

  48. Hmmmm, there are MANY things I would like to make! I will have to say cookies first, my favorite!!!

  49. I follow you on facebook too!

  50. I just signed up to get your emails!

  51. I just posted an update about this giveaway on facebook!

  52. I thought GA had good peaches until I moved to TX.. I just bought a bag today at the store :) This jam sounds fabulous!!

  53. My favorite thing to make with coconut flour is defiantly cookies. My standard cookie flour blend is 2:1:1 almond meal : coconut flour : arrowroot starch. I would have said my chocolate chip cookies are top, but I made of batch of caramel cashew thumbprints yesterday that although are not prefect are currently my favorite cookie!

  54. Joined you on FB, have a coconut cook book, but haven’t tried much out of it yet. Biscuits look good. Thanks for sharing.

  55. Texas peach fanatic here too…just bought some last week and they were perfect. I’ve never tried coconut flour before, but I would definitely give it would be great addition to cake.

  56. Coconut flour sounds interesting, think coconut cake. I also have lots of lemon thyme. Think I can try the jam with my load of asian pears? Never heard of calcium water.

  57. I subscribed to your blog. : )

  58. I just subscribed, looking forward to exploring your blog :)

  59. I actually just used up my bag of coconut flour, so I need more ASAP! I really want to make these biscuits again, it’s been awhile since I whipped up a batch – I’ve been baking mostly cake lately. :D

  60. I’d like to use the coconut flour for cupcakes and sweet breads. Ive used another type in the past for cupcakes. I like the taste but i’m afraid the consistency is a bit too granular. I’ve heard Tropical Traditions is the best coconut flour on the market, so I’d like to give them a try!!!

  61. I subscribe to your blog, and love the idea of trying coconut flour. I’ve been using coconut oil as of late and think it’s wonderful stuff.

  62. Those wonderful biscuits!

  63. Posted on FB!

  64. I subscribe to your blog.

  65. I’d like to make….pancakes or waffles. I’m craving waffles right now…

  66. i would love to try coconut flour and use it in a hummingbird cake or cupcakes! Even macaroons would be fun. I’ve read how it’s so healthy for you and I’m gluten free so it’d be a great substitute.

  67. I became a fan on facebook and am following you on twitter:)

  68. I would like to bake cookies.

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  70. Hi I am following you on twitter. Not sure you will ship the flour to the Uk but I am looking for some locally – I love a new ingredient. What’s the best recipe you have using coconut flour?

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  72. I find it complements buckwheat flour, and our favorite recipe is oatmeal raisin cookies. It always gives a amazing flavor to any baked product.

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  78. I’ve never used it, so I”m not sure what I’d make. Maybe macaroons? Or some sort of chocolate/coconut cookie or dessert. Hmm, maybe a pie crust???

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