Peach Jam for Cold Morning - Orange?
Do you really need the orange in the recipe? Is it just to make it set better or is it required for the acidity (only 2 habaneros in the recipe for 3 lbs of peaches)?
Wondering since I don't have any orange, and I like a softer set, could I skip the 1/2 orange or maybe sub a lemon (not sure how that would taste) or some lemon juice?
(Jam for Cold Mornings)
3 lbs. ripe peaches, peeled and quartered
1/2 medium sized orange, quartered and seeded
2 habaneros, seeds and all
4 cups sugar
1/4tsp almond extract
3/4 cup honey
Combine peaches, sugar and honey in a dutch oven, stir well. Cover and let stand 45 minutes. In food processor chop oranges and habaneros until finally chopped, scraping down sides a couple of times. Place orange, habaneros and an equal amount of water in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil, cover, reduce heat and simmer 10 minutes.
Bring peach mixture to a boil over medium heat, stirring until sugar dissolves. Increase heat to medium high and cook, uncovered, 15 minutes, stirring often. Add orange mixture. Bring to a boil, cook, uncovered 20 to 25 minutes or until a candy thermometer registers 221F, stirring often. Remove from heat, stir in almond extract. Skim off foam with metal spoon.
Quickly pour hot mixture into hot jars, leaving 1/4 inch headspace, wipe jar rims. Cover with lids and Process in boiling water bath 10 minutes.