When I tasted the figs off my father's fig tree this past Summer, I thought to myself:
"How can I capture this flavor for a cold winter day while the fig tree lies dormant?"
JAM! JAM! JAM!
So I dove right into the sweetness of this fruit and decided to jam away! I am so happy I did, it is easy to do and the flavors are incredible. You can serve this up with some fresh ricotta on toast, a favorite cheese plate or right out of the jar. This jam is good with pretty much anything.
- 1lb of Mission Figs
- 1 lemon zested
- 1/2 an orange zested
- 3 tbsp of Cognac
- 3 tbsp water
- pinch of salt
- 1/2 lemon juiced
- 1/3 cup of orange blossom honey
- Place all the ingredients into a large pot on the stove at medium heat.
- When the ingredients begin to boil lower the heat and have it simmer for 35 - 40 minutes or until the jam looks like an amber color.
note: You should sterilize your jars if you would like to store the jam for up to a year. Makes about 2 cups.
5 minutes in pot
35-40 minutes cooked
While I was making the jam the funniest thing happened. When I cook in my 400 sq ft apartment in NYC, I open the back window and have a fan in the front window to pull the air through the space to ventilate the apartment from feeling like an oven. As the sweet smell of figs were being pulled outside the window two Honey Bees came flying into the apartment. They started to swarm my pot of jam and thankfully they were not interested in me and eventually I was able to shoe them out the window.
I guess if the bees liked the smell of my jam then that is a good sign!
Next Up! Fig Pistachio Frangipane Tart