13 February 2010

Saturday Morning Fig Jam

The fig tree that resides in my backyard decided that it was going to ripen all of its figs yesterday. The result is that I had about 2 dozen figs with which I had to do something (and I was feeling a bit figged out after eating 5 or so) or else they would go bad and be eaten by *shudder* mice (and again, why grow something if you don't use it?)... so I decided to make fig jam. I looked everywhere but I couldn't find my grandmother's recipe, so this has been somewhat, erm, improvised.... but it still tasted awesome.

Saturday Morning Fig Jam (makes 1 medium jar + a little left over)

You will need

15 ripe figs, skin on, chopped into small pieces
1 apple, grated (I used a red apple and left the skin on - for the pectin)
zest+ juice 1 lemon (zap it in the microwave for 15 seconds to help get the juice out!)
1/2 C brown sugar
1/2 C boiling water

saucepan + wooden spoon
boiling water
clean jar
  1. Preheat your oven to 120 C. Rinse the jar and lid in boiling water (use gloves - don't burn yourself!). Place jar + lid in oven to dry.
  2. Add apple, figs, lemon, water and sugar to saucepan. Stir and bring to a simmer.
  3. Simmer, stirring occasionally, until jam is reduced by about 1/2, has very little free liquid, and will 'set' when put on a saucer and left in the fridge. (This took me about 1.5 hours.) Try to squash any big lumps of fig against the side of the saucepan.
    Notice how it has set on the spoon? That's the consistency you're after!
  4. Remove the jar from the oven (use a mitt!). QUICKLY spoon in the jam (all the way to the top!) and use the skewer to get rid of any visible air pockets. Put the lid on as quickly as possible. The secret is to fill up the jar and leave minimal air - this is how to ensure it remains as sterile as possible. Cool on a cooling rack.
An absolutely delicious way to use up leftover figs! I had a little more than would go in my jar, so I filled (clean!) shotglasses to give to my family. These need to be eaten quickly though!


  1. What fabulous looking jam - and I love your floral jars! I like figs cooked or dried, but in their natural state - not so much.

  2. Thanks for commenting Cakelaw! Hahaha they're actually shot glasses not jars... (18th birthday present - this is the first time I've used them!) I used to be exactly the same about figs until I moved into a house with a fig tree in the backyard - when they're warm from the sun and fresh off the tree they are absolutely perfect!