Mommy's Kitchen - Recipes From my Texas Kitchen: Peach Cobbler Muffins & Fresh Peach Freezer Jam


Friday, September 6, 2013

Peach Cobbler Muffins & Fresh Peach Freezer Jam

One of my favorite things about summer is the abundance of all my favorite fresh fruits and vegetables. We plant a garden every year so we can take advantage of growing our own vegetables. It can get pretty hot and dry here in Texas, so some vegetables thrive better than others.
 

We seem to have great luck with butter lettuce, zucchini, green bell peppers, tomatoes, jalapenos, potatoes, onions and yellow squash. When it comes to fruits it never seems to go as well. We have had great success growing strawberries, blackberries and occasionally watermelons it all just depends on the weather.    

The Texas heat can ruin a garden rather quickly, so I depend on fruits available at the grocery store. Now that Walmart is working with local farms to get more locally grown produce that's where I have been purchasing the majority of my fruits.

Take these peaches for instance. I usually purchase my peaches at a local peach orchard in Terrel, but I wasn't able to make a trip, so I relied on store bought peaches from my local Walmart. I wasn't too worried about the peaches, because lately I noticed the produce at Walmat has improved tremendously. They even have more organic options. I also recently found out that they now offers a 100% fresh produce guarantee.  

What does this mean? It means if you're not completely satisfied with a produce purchase you can take it back and get a full refund. Just bring in your receipt (no need to return the purchased produce). It's as simple as that! I love seeing the higher quality of produce and I'm so excited that Walmart is working with local farmers to obtain more of their fruits and vegetables. It is important to me to support out local farms.    

The peaches I bought at Walmart were perfect and fresh! I actually picked up more than enough, so I made two recipes that I want to share with you today. The first one is for Peach Cobbler Muffins. I took a basic muffin recipe and tweaked it a bit to come up with a peach cobbler in muffin form. The results were delicious.
     

Peach Cobbler Muffins
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2 - cups all purpose flour
1 - tablespoon baking powder
1 - teaspoon salt
3/4 - cup sugar, separated
2 - eggs, slightly beaten
1 - cup buttermilk
6 - tablespoons butter, melted 

1½ - cups peeled, chopped, fresh peaches (can also use canned)
1 - teaspoon vanilla extract 


Topping: 
1/2 - cup all purpose flour
1/2 - cup sugar
4 - tablespoons cold butter


Preheat the oven to 400°F Grease muffin pans with non stick spray or use muffin liners and set aside.

In a medium size bowl add the chopped peaches and 1/2 cup sugar. Give it a good mix and let the peaches sit while the batter is prepared.

In a large bowl, stir together the flour, baking powder, and salt until completely mixed. Add the remaining sugar, eggs, buttermilk, melted butter, and vanilla in a large bowl and mix well.

Mix by hand using a wooden spoon or spatula, just until the batter is blended; it should not be completely smooth. Fold in the peaches. 

Spoon the batter into the prepared muffin pans, filling each cup about two-thirds full. 

Mix the topping ingredients together using a pastry blender or use your fingers. Add a about one tablespoon on top of each muffin. 

Bake for 18-20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean and the muffins spring back when touched. 

Recipe yields: 12 muffins 

Cook's Note: You can make you own buttermilk. For every one cup of regular milk add one tablespoon of white vinegar or lemon juice. Let the mixture set 5 minutes before using.



Let the muffins cool slightly and enjoy. The fresh peaches really makes these muffins taste so good.

I had a few peaches left over from making the muffins that I also made a small batch of Peach Freezer Jam. I love homemade jam's and jellies, but sometimes I don't have the time to make a full batch of cooked jam.


That's where this easy no cook freezer jam comes into play. All I have to do is chop up the fruit, add the sugar, lemon juice an Ball Instant Freezer Jam Pectin and mix. I found a few packets on clearance for .50 each, so I grabbed a bunch.

Freezer jam is perfect for anyone new to jam making. I love using freezer jam on toast, bagels or as a topping on cottage cheese or greek yogurt. I hope you'll give this easy freezer jam recipe a try, because it's really good.



No Cook Fresh Peach Freezer Jam  {small batch freezer jam}

3 - cups crushed or finely chopped fresh peaches
1 1/3 - cups granulated sugar
2 - tablespoon bottled lemon juice
2 - 1.6 ounce packets instant pectin (for no cook freezer jam)
3 - 4 Ball 8 ounce freezer jars or plastic containers

Stir peaches, sugar and lemon juice in a medium to large bowl, let stand 10 minutes. 

Add in pectin gradually to prevent clumping, stir 3 minutes. Ladle jam into clean jelly jars or plastic freezer containers and let stand 30 minutes. 

Store in the freezer for up to 6 months, or in the refrigerator for 1 week.  



How to pick the perfect peach, and how to store them properly.





 
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15 comments:

Anonymous said... #

do you take a little out a a time or take out the whole jar and try to eat it up before it goes bad. How long does it take to go bad. We don't eat jam that quick but love it

Tina Butler said... #

I keep mine stored in the freezer. When I want to use it I just let it sit out on the counter about 20 minutes before using. It also lasts up to 1 - week stored in the refrigerator. It's great on toast, English muffins, biscuits, croissants or plain greek yogurt.

Karen L. said... #

Can you use Splenda instead of regular sugar?

Anonymous said... #

Karen - I've found that Stevia works good in place of regular sugar.

Anonymous said... #

GET SMALL JARS OR PLASTIC CONTAINERS THAT HOLD ONLY 3 TO 5 OZS.. THAT IS WHAT I AM GOING TO HAVE TO DO... WE DON' T EAT THAT MUCH JAM EITHER... I AM GOING TO PUT 3 OZS. IN MY CONTAINERS.

Anonymous said... #

Could you swap out strawberries for peaches?

Anonymous said... #

Can you make this with other fruit as well? Do you change anything other than the type of fruit?

Linda said... #

There is a recipe for freezer strawberry jam in the package of liquid pectin, It is great and you can use a mixture of blueberries, strawberries and red raspberries

LoriU said... #

Thanks for the Peach Cobbler Muffin recipe and the video about how to choose peaches! I never know what to look for so this helps!!

Anonymous said... #

What kind of pectin are you using. I can't find any that is only .6 ounces.

pam mcdaniel said... #

Just made muffins this morning. Oh my, they are absolutely delicious!!! What a great find!

The Krafty Kat said... #

Oh my!!! These muffins are sooo good! Melt in your mouth
yummy! Now that fresh peaches are so economical, I paid
$1.00 for 4 pounds, why wouldn't you want to make
these?!!
Cheers to you Texas Momma, I spend lots of time in
Texas with my family, so I know the peaches are
delicious!
Thank you!

Unknown said... #

I looked at all the pectin packages and found none that were that amount.0.6 oz. I have one that is 1.59 oz.I am just not finding any with that measurement. I want to make this please help.

dja said... #

I am a little confused. You have 3/4 cup of sugar, separated, in the muffins and show 1/4 cup for the topping so I am assuming you use 1/2 cup in the muffins; however, you have 2 cups of flour in the recipe for the muffins with no reference to separated and another 1/2 cup in the topping. Is the flour supposed to be separated also, i.e. 1-1/2 cups in the muffins and 1/2 cup in the topping or is the flour in the topping in addition to the 2 cups in the muffins? I have the same question about the butter. Is it separated 2 Tbsp. in the muffins and 4 Tbsp. in the topping or is it 6 and 4 for a total of 10 Tbsp.? Obviously other people have figured this out without asking since they are mentioning how good these muffins are but I want to get the ingredients right. Would you help me, please.

Tina Butler said... #

The recipe is correct. I have the ingredients separated for the muffins and the topping. For the muffins it is 3/4 cup sugar (separated) 1/2 sugar is used in the peaches and the remaining 1/4 cup is added to the batter. Then the sweetened peaches are added to the batter. The topping has the additional 1/2 cup sugar listed in the ingredients. It is broken down for the muffin ingredients and topping ingredients.