Homemade Fresh Fig Jam

Posted July 20, 2023 by: Admin #Kitchen

Three ingredients are all you need to create your own exquisite fig jam! This delicious recipe makes a medium-sized batch of this sweet, spreadable jam. Fresh figs, with their skins, are combined with sugar and a little lemon juice, and simmered to perfection without the addition of pectin. The result? A luscious, thick-textured jam that can be stored for year-round use, or enjoyed immediately when stored in the fridge. For greater precision, keep a candy thermometer handy, or master the art of testing jam preparation without a thermometer.

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But that’s not all: figs offer a host of health benefits, providing fiber, vitamins and essential minerals such as calcium, magnesium and potassium. With their delicious honey flavor, complemented by a delicate berry essence, figs are a delectable addition to your culinary repertoire. When made into jam, their natural fragrance and flavor intensify and harmonize perfectly with a whole range of dishes. From savory dishes like pork, lamb, cheese plates and deli spreads to delicious sweet and savory flatbreads and sandwiches, fig jam adds a touch of sophistication to every meal.

Fig jam recipe

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Ingredients for 1.5 kg :

·         1 kg ripe, succulent figs

·         600 g fine sugar

·         juice of one lemon

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·         1 vanilla pod (optional, for an extra touch of flavor)

Steps to make it

1.       To make the ideal jam, opt for ripe figs, bursting with sunshine and flavor…

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2.       Start by carefully removing the stalks, then wash and cut the figs into pieces. Place these delicious pieces in a saucepan or other suitable cooking utensil, and add a measured amount of sugar, stirring gently to blend the flavors. Leave the mixture to macerate for 1-2 hours to allow the ingredients to harmonize.

3.       The cooking process is relatively quick, but requires careful attention, as cooking times can vary according to the ripeness of the figs.

4.       To add a touch of whimsy, consider adding a vanilla pod before you start cooking; it confers a special flavor that awakens the taste buds. Add a dash of lemon juice to enhance the jam’s brightness.

5.       Simmer the mixture for around 20 minutes, stirring occasionally to ensure even cooking. To see if the fig jam has reached its peak, place a small sample on a cold plate and watch it set. When it has reached the desired consistency, it’s time to transfer it to waiting jars.

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6.       Fill each jar to the brim with the succulent fig jam, seal tightly, then turn them upside down until they cool completely. This method preserves the jam effectively.

7.       Delicious fig jam isn’t limited to toast; it goes perfectly with fois gras, goat’s cheese or even sheep’s cheese, and promises to delight your taste buds.

Bon appétit !

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Delicious ways to enjoy fig jam

·         Fig jam is a versatile delicacy that adds a touch of sweetness to a variety of dishes. Here are a few creative and appetizing ways to enjoy this delicious jam:

·         Meat glaze: Enhance the flavors of cooked ham, turkey breast or pork loin by creating a delicious glaze. Simply mix 1/2 cup fig jam with 1/2 cup boiling water and brush over meat for a succulent, flavorful finish.

·         Sweet sauce for game meats: The natural sweetness of fig jam goes wonderfully with game meats such as lamb, venison or pheasant. To create a delectable sauce, gently warm some of the jam and add a little water to achieve the desired consistency. Serve hot as a delicious accompaniment.

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·        Irresistible flatbreads and pizzas: Enjoy the perfect harmony of sweet and savory by incorporating fig jam into flatbreads and pizzas. Combine it with creamy, tangy cheeses like goat’s cheese, brie, asiago or camembert, and your mouth will water. Imagine a warm pizza crust topped with warm fig jam, chunks of brie and chopped walnuts as an exceptional starter to impress your guests.

 

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