Sunday, October 30, 2011

Silly Sunday - Quick fig jam recipe

I thought today I'd share a quick jam recipe for you, in case, like us, you have lots of figs around that need using up.

You may be wondering why a jam recipe fits into the category of "Silly Sunday" blog posts... Hmm... Well, this quick easy jam recipe is so simple, it's just silly!  There is nothing to it!!

When I tell my friends I am making jam, chutney, marmalade etc, they all want to come and join in as so many of them seem overwhelmed by the whole canning thing and so have never even tried making preserves. This recipe however, isn't  for canning and storing for months etc - it's a recipe where you use up the jam within a couple of weeks.  So you can store it in any kind of container.

Love figs

It's delicious spread on cheese, as a sauce on fish, as a kind of salsa/sauce for red meat/burgers, and also spooned over ice cream! Oh, and of course, just spread on bread/toast! How versatile is that!

  • 1 lb fresh figs, diced
  • 2 tablespoons sugar or equivalent for a sugar substitute
  • 2 tablespoons water
Place the figs in a small saucepan. Add the sugar and water and heat, stirring, to a boil.
Cook, uncovered, over medium heat until the figs have softened and the mixture is thick - about 10 mins.
Transfer to a small bowl and serve. Voila!
Store covered in a refrigerator for up to two weeks.

**Another option is to add a little ginger to the jam as it cooks. Try cutting up small pieces of crystallized ginger. Yum!

So don't be intimidated! It's silly easy. Give it a go!  And then try other fruits and don't even worry about all the canning!

Let me know if you give it a go. Happy Jamming.


vilterietje said...

there is a fig tree along the parking place at the back of our house, but i don't think these figs are ripe enough, because they are so small, but i'm going to pick some tomorrow, to try your recepy, thanks:)

Ruth said...

Do you know how to tell if the figs are ripe? If you look at the stalk, where it joins the stem, they say the fig should look like a hangman - ie like there is noose around it's neck, so the body just flops down!!! Not sure how this will translate for you - hope it makes sense! Happy figging!