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Amaretto-Peach Preserves

Chock-full of peaches, raisins and pecans, this lovely conserve enhances ordinary slices of toast.—Redawna Kalynchuk, Sexsmith, Alberta
  • Total Time
    Prep: 1-1/4 hours Process: 5 min.
  • Makes
    5 half-pints


  • 1 cup golden raisins
  • 3/4 cup boiling water
  • 2 pounds peaches, peeled and chopped
  • 4 teaspoons grated orange zest
  • 1/3 cup orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 3 tablespoons amaretto


  • Place raisins in a small bowl. Cover with boiling water; let stand 5 minutes. Place raisins with liquid in a large saucepan. Add peaches and orange zest. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer 10-15 minutes or until peaches are tender.
  • Stir in orange and lemon juices; return to a boil. Add sugar. Cook, uncovered, over medium heat 25-30 minutes or until thickened, stirring occasionally. Add pecans; cook 5 minutes longer. Remove from heat; stir in amaretto.
  • Carefully ladle hot mixture into five hot sterilized half-pint jars. Remove air bubbles and adjust headspace, if necessary, by adding hot mixture. Wipe rims. Center lids on jars; screw on bands until fingertip tight.
  • Place jars into canner with simmering water, ensuring that they are completely covered with water. Bring to a boil; process for 5 minutes. Remove jars and cool.
Nutrition Facts
2 tablespoons: 102 calories, 1g fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 2mg sodium, 23g carbohydrate (22g sugars, 0 fiber), 0 protein.

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  • jjLuvs2cook
    Jul 24, 2014

    This was easy and turned out very tasty. It is a "keeper" I will make it again but may add more amaretto.

  • graceorene
    Aug 5, 2013

    First time in years that I have made preserves. This recipe sounded simple and I love amaretto peach preserves so I made it. Unfortunately, I don't think it set. The cooking times were longer and because the amaretto seemed to be overwhelming, I reduced the amount to 2 tbsp. instead of 3. I am hoping that as it cools it will set just a little more. I will eat it however it comes out. It is really good on crackers for a midnight snack. Thank you for the recipe.

  • kaly_ab
    Aug 16, 2012

    This has become another family favorite! I am so glad to share it with everyone.