Peach And Cherry Jam Infused With Vanilla Bean

July 9, 2009
Peach and Cherry Jam
This has been a bountiful season of peaches and cherries; I’ve eaten boxes of cherries and a whole lot of peaches with honey but sadly, the season is coming to a close. It is becoming increasingly difficult to find good peaches. Every time I see the velvety fruit blushing away, I have got to buy it! So like a crazy girl I kept buying the fruit in such copious quantities, that I ended up with more of it in the refrigerator than I had space for. The wonderful idea of canning them dawned upon me.

Peaches and Cherries

I’ve never made jam before, so I read up a lot of resources before finally arriving at a recipe that would work for the fruits I had in mind. It turned out just like what I wanted – sweet and tangy at the same time, with gorgeous specs of vanilla and the sweetest fragrance any jam could ever have. This is testament to the fact that real vanilla beans can make everything better! I was a little worried when in some places I saw people use pectin to help set the jam, but the jam set perfectly without any of it.

I love this jam on toast with ricotta cheese but I’m already thinking of ways to use this in my baking!

Peach and Cherry Jam Infused with Vanilla

14 oz / 400g peaches
7 oz / 200g cherries
14 oz / 400g sugar (my fruits were very sweet) Use up to 600g of sugar.
1-2 cups hot water
Juice of 1 lime
1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise and the gorgeous caviar scraped out.

  1. Stone the cherries and cut into two.
  2. Dunk the peaches in hot water and then cold water to remove the skin. Cut into chunks.
  3. In a jar or a bowl add the fruits and sugar and toss to coat. Pour in 1 cup of hot water. Add the scraped out vanilla as well as the stick. Also squeeze out the lime juice. Let this sit overnight or until 24 hours.
  4. If you like a smooth texture now is when you can use the stick blender to give you a more consistent jam. I like mine chunky so skipped this step all together.
  5. The next day, transfer this to a large post and let it simmer, stirring frequently for 40-50 minutes or until the texture is a little more runny than what you’d like (because, as it cools it is going to thicken). Add up to 1 more cup of water whenever you feel that the preserve is rather chunky.
  6. Once cooked, let it cool. Transfer to sterlised jars to preserve.
Peach and Cherry Jam with Vanilla caviar

Excellent resource for canning and preserves: “How to make marmalades”


  • Reply VeggieGirl July 9, 2009 at 3:41 AM

    Oh my, that jam looks like spreadable rubies!! Gorgeous.

  • Reply (wife.) July 9, 2009 at 4:22 AM

    Oh. My. Goodness. That looks SO delicious!!!

  • Reply penny July 9, 2009 at 7:26 AM

    Oh! looks so yum but it is isn't summer here yet~~~ will be keeping this for next summer!

  • Reply Pearl July 9, 2009 at 9:28 AM

    sounds like an incredible jam!

  • Reply Kitchen Flavours July 9, 2009 at 11:32 AM

    Wow…very glossy and yum…

  • Reply MeetaK July 9, 2009 at 11:38 AM

    what a gorgeous combination! am eating peaches and cherries by the buckets. maybe i should make jam with them for winter!

  • Reply Parita July 9, 2009 at 12:24 PM

    Thats gorgeous combination! Love the color, looks heavenly!

  • Reply Deeba PAB July 9, 2009 at 6:17 PM

    Looks finger licking good to me. Do you have a cherry pitter? Made peach & cherry crisps this morning & it took me forever to pit the cherries! Love the way this jam is made. The overnight infusion must have worked wonders…yum!

  • Reply Bergamot July 9, 2009 at 6:19 PM

    The jam looks great..lovely color and flavours.

  • Reply The Purple Foodie July 9, 2009 at 7:20 PM

    Thank you, everyone. :)

    Veggiegirl: Spreadable rublies? *blush*!

    Deeba: Yes, I do have a cherry pitter. Bombayfoodie and I were crying over the fact that we don't get pitters here and in a week I found it at a store here. Will pick one up for you the next time I go there, if you'd like. Ya, it was fragrant like no other jam I've ever bought. Very happy with the results. =)

  • Reply Ingrid July 9, 2009 at 9:58 PM

    That last photo's a winner! Looks so good!

  • Reply Divya Vikram July 10, 2009 at 4:29 AM

    Looks too good. Last season I made jam with cherries and plums. I should try this sometime.

  • Reply Simran July 10, 2009 at 9:41 AM

    Wow! Lovely combination.

    Guess what! The guy in Oberoi Mall said he's never heard of a cherry pitter. I should have let you buy it for me :(

  • Reply Deborah July 10, 2009 at 8:40 PM

    I've never seen these flavors combined together in a jam. Sounds WONDERFUL!

  • Reply Jayme July 10, 2009 at 10:20 PM

    Oh this sounds incredible! I just made jam for the first time a few weeks ago and have been wanting to make more, but something different. I already wanted to seek out a peach jam recipe, and this one with the cherries and vanilla bean looks like a winner to me!

  • Reply Shaheen July 12, 2009 at 6:20 PM

    Simran: I will bu it the next time I go there. Fret not!

    Deborah and Jayme: thank you :)

  • Reply Emily July 14, 2009 at 12:57 AM

    I hope to make some cherry jam next week with my Mom. There is a stand by my house that has them for $2 a pound and they are DELISH.

    In September the blackberries will be in season (They grow wild here!) and I'll be picking 10 pounds or so. I like to give this away as Christmas presents, with a loaf of the no-knead bread. People think I've spent hours on their gift!

  • Reply Shaheen July 14, 2009 at 1:06 AM

    You're lucky to get cherries for such a good price!

    10 lbs of blackberry jam? You're my hero! Can I be on your list for Christmas presents too? :D

  • Reply stephchows July 14, 2009 at 6:26 PM

    HI! This looks SO GOOD!! I'm hosting a jam exchange and was wondering if you'd like to join in?? I'm trying to gather a whole bunch of people and all it takes is being willing to mail 2 jars of jam to someone. All the info to sign up is here:

    Hope you can join in!

  • Reply Frances July 15, 2009 at 1:36 AM

    This sounds delicious! I may make some of this!

  • Reply Shaheen July 15, 2009 at 9:50 AM

    I love your idea of the jam exchange! Hopping over to your blog :)

    Thanks, Frances.

  • Reply Amanda July 28, 2009 at 8:45 AM

    This looks wonderful. I wouldn't have thought to combine the peaches and cherries, delicious!

  • Reply Anonymous August 13, 2009 at 9:32 AM

    OOOOH Myyy Goodnessss Gracious MMMMMmmmmmmm!

  • Reply AmericaninProvence May 25, 2010 at 4:03 PM

    Ooh la la- I am living in Provence and our cherry tree is busting already- I am going to make your recipe (X 10)- it looks so good!

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  • Reply Sussex Sid July 31, 2011 at 5:03 PM

    Have just made this for the first time using two kilos of peaches and a kilo of Napoleon cherries in order to sell for my local community hall. I was immediately struck in the making by how well the smell of lime and vanilla on my hands melded. This is the first time I’ve used lime rather than lemons in jam and what a very subtle difference it makes with its delicate aroma. This will certainly become a regular as my usual customers are lusting after it on description alone.
    Thank you Purple Foodie.

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