Posts Tagged ‘champagne’

Summer in a ½ pint Ball jar: Peaches and champagne preserves


2013
12.08
English muffin peach preserves

Keep a supply of muffins in the freezer double wrapped in plastic. photo by PBH

Preserved peaches and champagne

Peach preserves with a hint of champagne make a chunky spread on toasty English muffins.

peaches are shipped across the country from this region. Photo by Patsy Bell Hobson

Peaches with champagne in a jam

4 cups peaches, peeled, pitted, and chopped
1 1/2 cups sugar*
3 T. Ball flex batch powdered pectin
2 T. bottled lemon juice
1 cup LBV Brut

Prepare 4 half pint jars. I put them in the dishwasher. Lids and rings can simmer in water on the stove top in a sauce pan.

Add chopped peaches to stainless steel or enamel cast iron pot. Cook on low stirring occasionally for about 20 minutes. Using a potato masher crush some of the peaches to desired consistency. Use an immersion blender to create a smoother consistency.  I like my preserves a little chunky with fruit bits.

Add the sugar and lemon juice. Bring the temperature to medium, stirring constantly to bring the mixture slowly to a boil. Note: The jam with splatter like a volcano erupting so where an apron.

Once at a boil add champagne and stir for about one minute then add the pectin. Bring mixture back to a boil which will happen quickly and keep at a boil for one minute continuing to stir. Remove from heat.

Immediately ladle peach jam into jars leaving 1/4″ head space. Wipe rims and add hot lids/rings and process in water bath for 10 minutes at a full rolling boil.

LVB Brut –  Missouri made bubbly. Using primarily Vidal grapes gives the methode traditionale sparkling wine a refreshing aroma with a crisp effervescence and dry finish.

LVB Brut is the champagne I used in the jam.

* If you make flavored sugars, like vanilla or lavender sugar, this is an ideal time to use.

My recipe is adapted from the Canning Homemade  Many of my canning projects begin with recipes and instructions from this site.

peach jam Wolfermans English Muffins

Wolferman’s English muffins with peaches and champagne preserves.  Photo by Patsy Bell Hobson

I love Wolferman’s English muffins. We became acquainted when we were both living in Kansas City.  I order them now and then See Wolferman’s online.


The next Peach Festival will be in August, 2014

The festival opens at 5 pm each night at Cobden Community Park

This event, sponsored by the Cobden Lions Club where attendees can enjoy Karaoke and a DJ Show, Bingo and other games, great peaches and cream, peach cobbler & other great homemade food, along with a carnival, entertainment, and a Peach Queen contest.

There will be a 5K run/walk on Saturday morning, a parade on Saturday afternoon at 4:30 pm. The Union County Museum and Cobden’s restaurants and shops are open all day each day.

Free, for information call 618-893-2425  or visit www.cobdenil.com

champagne and peach preserves

Peaches and champagne are the perfect summer combination in Bellinis. In the winter, our peaches and champagne become sweet preserves and summer memories. Photo by Patsy Bell Hobson

 

 

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I’ll be back to Drury Hotels


2012
12.17

I love it when somebody else makes the oatmeal. And the coffee.
Oatmeal Drury

I’ve written about Drury Hotels before.

Good News, Drury Hotels Lost the Bathtub

Value added at Drury Hotels

But tonight, they won me over again. Jeff and I have been been married for 30 years today. When Jeff answered the door, a special roomservice arrived.

Champagne with glasses AND fresh baked cookies.

Champagne with glasses AND fresh baked cookies.

St. Louis-Drury Inns & Suites near Forest Park, 2111 Sulphur Ave. St Louis, MO 63139. How cool is that?

Last time I was here, I told Bri one of the things I like about this chain is the customer service. Everyone in the hotel is a Good Will Ambassador. Every staff member has a smile and a kind word. I like that.

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