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Slow Cooker Peach Jam

Slow Cooker Peach Jam

My last post about peaches this year. I’m not sure how it happened, but we used all the peaches! In two days, my daughter starts Kindergarten, and it seems fitting that preserving the last of the peaches co-insides with the beginning of the school year. She wants a peach jam sandwich for lunch everyday!

I bought new fancy Ball jars for this jam recipe. I also used a few mason jars I had laying around, that are a bit bigger.

This recipe can simply be made and stored in the fridge for up to one week. Only make the amount your family will eat in one week’s time if you use this approach.

I’m no expert on canning, I used the information found here. I enjoyed the canning process, although I think there is a learning curve to this, and I need some of the more fancy tools, too!

4 Pounds fresh peaches
3 Cups sugar
6 Tablespoons Ball no sugar needed fruit pectin
Juice of one lemon

Blanch, peel and remove pits from fresh peaches as described in my Peach Crumble post.

All the prepared peaches, sugar, fruit pectin and lemon juice into a slow cooker.

Cook on low 6-8 hours.

Use a potato masher to coarsely mash the peaches, so that some small chunks remain.

If canning, follow instructions on how to can, here.  If serving right away, allow to cool, and serve. Refrigerate leftovers for up to one week.

A note on the color of the peach jam: I made two batches. Batch 1 came out much darker than batch two.  The only difference is that I cooked batch 1 for 8 hours, batch 2 for 6 hours. If I make peach jam again (probably next year!), I hope I remember to watch and see if the 2 hour difference really is what made the first jam darker.


Peach Bread

peach bread

A spin on banana bread or applesauce bread. This recipe came out too wet, and I’m posting it because it’s Experiments in Cooking… plus I don’t have any more peaches to try again. The flavor was right, and the kids came back asking for more! If I ever get around to trying this again, I will try one of two things. Either I will drain the peaches more, perhaps in a colander for a while, or I will add more flour ingredients.

The batter in the loaf pan before cooking, looked promising.


And after. I think it didn’t get much rise because of too much wet ingredients. You can see my peach jam in the background. More on that in my next post!


Dry Ingredients:
2/3 Cup brown rice flour
2/3 Cup potato starch
1/3 Cup tapioca starch
1 Tablespoon sorghum flour
1/2 Teaspoon xanthan gum
1 Teaspoon baking soda
1 Teaspoon baking powder
1 Teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 Teaspoon sea salt

Wet Ingredients:
1 Cup peach sauce – from my slow cooker directions here
Juice of 1 small lemon
1 Tablespoon flaxmeal soaked in 3 tablespoons rice milk or water
1/2 Cup brown sugar
1 Tablespoon rice milk (may omit in the future)
2 Tablespoons coconut oil, plus more for greasing

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Grease a loaf pan with coconut oil. Set aside. Combine all dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl. In the bowl of an electric mixer, combine all the wet ingredients. Slowly add dry to wet. Pour into prepared loaf pan and bake 50-60 minutes, until a wooden toothpick inserted comes out clean.

Real Peach Gelatin

I only got one snapshot of this peach gelatin, at a family picnic hosted by my mother and father in law. The meal was a fantastic late summer feast. The peach gelatin was my contribution, and it was liked by all!  The children were a bit hesitant, but it had a vibrant peach flavor that brought the kids back for more.

peach gelatin

There is my gelatin ring, with nice chunks of real peaches in it. Between my daughter and the delicious local corn.  I used my only piece of real Tupperware.

My wonderful husband did much of the hard work on this one. We used the slow cooker peaches described in yesterday’s post.

1/2 Cup cool water
1/2 Cup very hot water (not boiling)
3 Cups real peach juice (reserved from the slow cooker. We had to add some water to ours since we didn’t get 3 cups. It was fine.)2 Tablespoons beef gelatin
4 Cups peaches from slow cooker (these have sugar I added during the slow cooking process)

In a large mixing bowl, mix the gelatin with the cool water and stir quickly until well combined.

Next, add the hot water and keep stirring.

Then, add the juice, and keep stirring.

Place the peaches in the gelatin mold. Pour the gelatin mixture over the fruit, and stir slightly so that gelatin coats the fruit.

Put the top on the mold and refrigerate,  2-3 hours or overnight.

This recipe is based on one we found on Wellness Mama.

Peach Crumble Pie

Peach Crumble Pie _ Experiments in Cooking for Allergies

Right in time for peach picking in our front yard, we were invited to a dinner at a friend’s house. I was so happy to invent a new dessert for the occasion! I wouldn’t dare make something tried and true.

First thing is to pick some peaches. Yesterday’s post is full of fun pictures of my family picking peaches. Once you have a significant amount, 4 or 5 pounds or so, it’s time to process peaches. This process makes enough filling for 2-3 pies. Or a pie and a peach jello! More on peach jello later.

Removing peach skins and pits:
Bring a large pot of water to a rolling boil.
Have a large bowl of cold water ready.
Add peaches, about 10 at a time, to the boiling water, and let them boil about 5 minutes, until their skins started to peel away.
Using a large slotted spoon, scoop hot peaches into cold water.
Once cool enough to touch, skins should just slip away. Stubborn ones may need a peeler.
If your peaches are freestone, which most now are, the peach pits should remove easily by hand or with a knife.

Once the peaches are cool enough to touch, this is a great task to involve young children with, who may be curious about what is going on in the kitchen.

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Once all the skins and pits are removed, I use my slow cooker to cook down my peach filling. I cooked it on low for 6 hours, adding 1 cup of sugar to the mix.

peach slow cooker

Peaches should be falling apart when done, but use a potato masher to really get the pieces small.

Peach Crumble Pie
Ingredients Crust:
6 Medjool dates, pits removed
2/3 Cup roasted sunflower seeds, unsalted
2/3 Cup gluten free oats
1/3 Cup quinoa flakes
3 Tablespoons coconut oil
1/2 Teaspoon sea salt
1/4 Teaspoon cinnamon (more to taste)
1 Tablespoon maple syrup
1/4 Cup brown sugar

Ingredients filling:
1 Cup or more of peach filling from slow cooker method described above.

Ingredients topping:
1Large or 2 small peaches, thinly sliced
1 Tablespoon reserved crust
1 Tablespoon brown sugar
1 Tablespoon quinoa flakes

Preheat oven 350 degrees. In a food processor, process medjool dates until a sticky paste forms. Add all other pie crust ingredients, and process until a fine texture is achieved, which when you press it, sticks together.  Press pie crust into a pie plate, reserving about 1 tablespoon for topping.


Scoop in peach filling. If filling seems very wet, use a slotted spoon to remove some liquid while scooping.

Mix together the reserved pic crust crumble with the brown sugar and quinoa flakes. Lightly crumble over the top of the pie. Finish with placing thin slices of peaches on top, in a decorative manner.

Bake in a 350 oven for about 20 minutes, until edges just barely brown and peaches on top look done.

Peach crumble pie

This pie tastes a little bit like dessert and a little bit like breakfast. It was a hit with our friends, too! It is best eaten right away, as the filling may make the crust a little soggy over time. I liked it with a bit of crunch!



Chocolate Beet Cake

chocolate beet bundt cake

We are so fortunate to belong to the Fordham CSA this year! Exclusively for students and employees of Fordham University, this farm share has been especially productive and generous with the amount of vegetables (and fruit) we receive. All the food is locally grown in upstate New York, and is distributed at Fordham’s Rose Hill campus each Thursday, for 22 weeks! Last week, because of the 4th of July holiday, we received a double share at once! Wow! So much food! More than we can just eat, so I’m coming up with creative things to do with so much food. Everything is overflowing: lettuces, cabbages, garlic, peppers, squashes, and beets! So many delicious, earthy beets! Pink, red, yellow, white and striped!

First thing I did with the beets was convince my husband to do the hard part – washing and peeling! We didn’t sort them by color, but rather, mixed all the types together. Next we boiled them for an hour, to get them as soft as possible. Next time I do this, I may try roasting instead, to retain more of the vitamins and color. I’m not sure how roasting will effect the flavor of the final product, however.  I have so many more beets, I may just try it anyway! Once completely soft, my husband rinsed the beets in cool water and pureed them using a hand blender. Beet baby food!

beet puree

Mixing all the different colors of beets resulted in a beautiful shade of intense pink.

Eating Batter

The batter tastes so good! (The best part of vegan baking is that, without egg, it’s totally ok to enjoy raw!!)

Dry Ingredients:
1/2 Cup garbanzo bean flour
1/2 Cup millet flour
1/4 Cup quinoa flour
1/2 Cup sorghum flour
1/2 Cup potato starch
1/4 Cup tapioca starch
1 Teaspoon xanthan gum
3/4 Cup powdered cocoa
2 Teaspoons baking powder
1 Teaspoon salt

Wet Ingredients:
2 Cups beet puree
1 Cup white sugar**
1 Cup coconut milk
1/2 Cup applesauce, unsweetened
1/3 Cup coconut oil, plus more for greasing
1 Teaspoon vanilla


Ahead of time: peel and boil beets for about an hour, until fork easily pierces beets. Rinse in cool water, and drain thoroughly. Puree in food processor or with hand blender.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Using coconut oil, grease a bundt cake pan.

Mix all wet ingredients together in the bowl of an electric mixer. ** This cake is not very sweet, and up to another half cup of sugar could be used to your taste.

In a separate bowl, combine all dry ingredients together. Slowly add the dry into the wet until well incorporated.  Pour batter into bundt cake pan. Bake at 350 degrees for about 60 minutes, until a wooden toothpick comes out clean.

Cool for about 20 minutes, then carefully turn cake over onto a plate.

Optional: Powdered sugar lightly sprinkled over the top would make a good addition to this cake. Enjoy with tea, coffee, or milk.

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IMG_3421  Chocolate Beet Cake




Banana Bread Muffins

banana bread muffins

I’m surprised that I’ve never made a recipe for banana bread before! Before baking gluten free, dairy free, and egg free, banana bread was a staple in my home. Now it’s back!

I ordered a large amount of fair trade bananas through, and needed to come up with a way to use up a good amount.  This recipe can be used to make banana bread in a bread loaf, but I decided to make muffins since I wanted to have some for tonight and some for visiting my cousin tomorrow.

Fair Trade Bananas

Gluten Free Vegan Banana Bread Muffins

Makes 22 cupcake size muffins. Also makes a 9×5 inch loaf pan. **

3/4 Cup millet flour
1/2 Cup quinoa flour
3/4 Cup potato starch
1/2 Cup tapioca starch
1Teaspoon xanthan gum
1 Teaspoon cinnamon
1 Teaspoon baking soda
1 Teaspoon baking powder
1/2 Teaspoon sea salt
1/2 Cup applesauce
1/4 Cup coconut oil
1/4 Cup maple syrup
1/8 Cup honey
1/2 Cup coconut milk
4 Very ripe bananas, mashed
1 Teaspoon vanilla extract

1 Cup chocolate chips, non dairy (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease two cupcake pans. I used coconut oil.

Mash bananas by hand. In the bowl of an electric mixer, combine wet ingredients and mix well.

In a separate bowl, combine all dry ingredients well. Slowly add dry to wet until a batter forms. Scrape down sides of bowl to fully mix. Add chocolate chips if using. Another option would be nuts, if you can eat them.

Bake muffins for 18-20 minutes, until a wooden toothpick comes out clean. Cool and enjoy!

** Loaf pan option. Bake for 55-60 minutes. I will try this next and report back.

Gluten Free Vegan Banana Bread Muffins

Strawberry Creamed Coconut Cake

Strawberry Creamed Coconut Cake

Mid June in New York State: it’s strawberry picking time! We went to a Pick Your Own at the fabulous Fishkill Farms, which is an hour and a half north of New York City. Great family trip, with beautiful grounds and a cute country store that sells locally grown foods. They even hosted a Strawberry Festival last Saturday with live music. We went first thing in the morning since that’s the time my children are most well behaved.

photo(7)It was cool and cloudy when we first arrived. The weather improved as the day progressed.

photo(9)She was a strawberry fairy!

photo(8)Brother and sister working together!

I bought a new product recently – Creamed coconut! I was excited to try it, but I didn’t know where to start. When I was thinking about all the things I wanted to try with the strawberries that we picked, I couldn’t stop thinking about strawberry shortcake. What I came up with is more of a strawberry coconut cake!

1 Cup of Strawberries, sliced

1 Cup quinoa flour
1/3 Cup millet flour
1/3 Cup potato starch
1/3 Cup sorghum flour
1 Tablespoon tapioca flour
1 Teaspoon xanthan gum
2 1/2 Teaspoons baking powder
1/2 Teaspoon salt
1 Cup organic sugar
1/2 Cup coconut oil, soft
2 Teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 Cup applesauce
1 Cup coconut milk (or other alternative milk of choice)

I Package (7oz) creamed coconut
4 Tablespoons water
1/2 Cup confectioner’s sugar
2 Tablespoons organic sugar

Wash and slice strawberries. Set aside. Preheat oven 350 degrees. In the bowl of an electric mixer, blend together sugar, coconut oil, vanilla, applesauce and coconut milk. In another bowl, mix together quinoa flour, millet flour, potato starch, sorghum flour, tapioca flour, xanthan gum, baking powder, and salt. Slowly add dry ingredients to wet, until a cake batter appears. Pour into greased cake pan (I used a 9 inch square) for 50 minutes, or until a wooden toothpick comes out clean. Allow to cool 10 minutes before transferring.

Once cool, ice the cake. To make the icing, simply combine all ingredients. If the coconut cream is hard (it hardens when cold), place in a double boiler and gently heat with the 4 tablespoons of water until you can stir it. Stir in sugars. If it is too stiff, add water slowly until desired consistency is achieved.

Decorate the top with strawberries (or really any fresh fruit or berry will do!) Enjoy!

photo(5)Strawberry picking also co-insides with Father’s Day, so this cake was made for our at home Father’s Day celebration.