I have been having a serious love affair with figs. They are my kryptonite and I keep telling my husband not to buy them anymore….but then, of course, I am secretly happy when he brings them home anyway. Most of the time I just eat dried figs right out of the bag and I haven’t done much cooking with them. I did use them in these delicious bite-sized turnovers, but that’s it. If you’ve never tried dried figs, you don’t know what you’re missing. They may look like shriveled up old man testicles, but they are truly delicious.
Ugly, but delicious!
Do you watch Top Chef? Julie turned me on to it, and now I’m addicted. All of the chefs create amazing food that is so creative and fancypants. And the drama!! Oh my! Every episode seems to have a healthy dose of back stabbing and throwing each other under the bus. Anyway….one of the chefs used fig jam in something and it got me thinking. I’m loving figs, so of course I decided that I MUST make fig jam and find things to use it in. I’ve got a few ideas, so you can expect to see a recipe or two coming up that incorporates fig jam.
Fig Jam Ingredients
- 15 dried figs, stems removed
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/4 cup honey
- juice from half a lemon
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
What to do
This recipe is dead easy and takes no time at all. (You could also try changing it up and adding other spices like cinnamon or ginger)
- Dice up the dried figs and toss them in a sauce pan.
Chopped dried figs
- Add in all of your other ingredients, stir and bring to a boil over medium-high heat.
Boil, then simmer
- Turn down the heat after it starts to bubble and simmer for 10-15 minutes.
- Remove from heat and let cool for 5 minutes.
- Dump into a food processor and whiz until smooth.
Just needs a quick whiz
This stuff is really, really good. I had to make up a quick batch of biscuits to try it out on (I used the same recipe that I used for Egg and Bacon McMuffins)
Wow, was this ever tasty…
Made this jar plus half of another jar
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