This recipe for tasty fig jam is a perfect addition to any kitchen. Not only does it have a unique flavor that can be used with sweet or savory dishes, but it’s a cinch to make – all you need is 10 minutes of prep and an hour to let it cook! The combination of figs, sugar, water, lemon juice, and a pinch of salt comes together to make a delicious spread that’s sure to tantalize any palette. If you’re feeling fancy, you can add a vanilla bean and a cinnamon stick to the mixture to take it to the next level.
Here’s how to make it:
In a medium saucepan, combine all the ingredients for your desired flavor profile (including both the vanilla pod and seeds, if desired) and bring to a boil over medium heat until the sugar dissolves, stirring occasionally.
Reduce the heat to low and cook the mixture uncovered, stirring occasionally, for 30-60 minutes or until the liquid becomes thick and sticky and falls heavily from the spoon.
Take the saucepan off the heat and discard the vanilla pod and cinnamon stick.
For a chunky jam, use a fork or potato masher to break down large chunks of fig. For a smoother jam, blitz it in a food processor.
Put the jam into jars and leave ¼ inch of space before closing with a lid. Let it cool to room temperature, and then refrigerate to store.
This fig jam is sure to last up to 2 months in the fridge – enjoy!
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What’s the best way to check if the jam is finished cooking?
A: The jam is finished cooking when the liquid becomes thick and sticky and heavily falls from the spoon.
Q: Can I use this jam for sweet and savory dishes?
A: Absolutely! The fig jam’s unique taste goes perfectly with both sweet and savory dishes – from scones and muffins to bread and cheese.
Q: How long can I store this fig jam for?
A: Properly stored in an airtight container, fig jam will last up to two months in the refrigerator.