I've had enough requests to share my recipe. Rather than email to those who really care, I'm just going to blog it.
Before we start, there is one thing you need to know: there are two recipes here - one to make 1 quart of filling (1 pie/cobbler/whatever) and then to make 7 quarts. You just need to choose if you are going to can 7 quarts and enjoy the pie filling later, or if you just need enough to make a killer dessert tonight. Ready?
Ingredients and quantities needed for 7 quarts (canning load):
Sliced fresh peaches 6 qts
Granulated sugar 7 cups
Clear Jel 2 cups
Cold water 8 cups
Cinnamon (optional) 1 tsp.
Almond extract (optional, but YUMMY) 1 tsp.
Bottled lemon juice 1 & 3/4 cups
Now, ingredients for 1 quart:
Sliced fresh peaches 3 & 1/2 cups
Granulated sugar 1 cup
Clear Jel 1/4 cup
Cold water 3/4 cup
Cinnamon (optional) 1/8 tsp.
Almond extract (optional, but YUMMY) 1/8 tsp.
Bottled lemon juice 1/4 cup
Select ripe, but firm peaches. Peel peaches - to loosen skin, submerge peaches in boiling water for approximately 30-60 seconds, then place in cold water for 20 seconds. Slip off skins and prepare slices 1/2 inch thick.
For fresh fruit, place 6 cups at a time1 gallon of boiling water. Boil each batch 1 minute afte rthe water returns to a boil. Drain, but keep heated fruit in a covered bowl or pot.
Combine water, sugar, Clear Jel, and, if desired, cinnamon and/or almond extract in a large kettle. Stir and cook over medium high heat until mixture thickens and begin to bubble. Add lemon juice and boil sauce 1 minute more, stirring constantly. Fold in drained peach slices and continue to heat mixture for 3 minutes. Fill jars without delay, leaving 1 inch headspace. Adjust lids and process immediately.
Recommended process time for peach pie filling in a boiling water canner: 40 minutes.
I got this recipe from my mom.
IMPORTANT VARIATION NOTE AND CONFESSION:
I just made this recipe for the one quart to make a "fresh" peach crisp. It is divine! I used way more peaches than it called for in the 1 quart recipe, and I didn't boil them before combining them with the sauce. I just heated them with the sauce after it was thickened. It turned out wonderfully. I feel guilty eating almost the entire thing! =)