As I mentioned in my last post about figs, we have these beauties coming off the tree dozens at a time. So far I’ve enjoyed them as is and on salads. It took me until this week to break away from having figs unaltered but that didn’t mean I wasn’t thinking about it. When we lived in Florida a group of us girls got together for a cooking club- yea I know, generic name but it was so much fun! One of the nights we must of had figs or they likely came up in conversation as one of the girls had a fig tree in her yard. She mentioned how she made fig jam which I instantly found intriguing. Only recently being introduced to figs at the time I stuck to what I knew, eating them as is or with goat cheese, and left the jam making to the experts. Now with culinary school under my belt, I felt confident that I could put together a jam recipe with flavors I enjoy as well as incorporate something new and exciting.
An ingredient I found to be common in fig jam recipes was honey and many times walnuts were also used. The combination of nuts and honey is something I would love to explore in the future, but for the moment I wanted to make a jam that would impress my husband. Bacon was also used in a couple recipes which I knew would have to go in my jam. I saw onions in several recipes too and thats when I knew I wanted to make this fig jam sweet and savory.
To make this recipe my own and special for Darren, I decided to use the spiced honey I made a few days prior. I loved how the floral honey complimented the figs but also carried the spices incredibly well so that they could blend in with the onions and bacon. The jam had a deep brown color from all of the caramelized natural sugar with a chunky consistency. I love being able to see the different ingredients that are in a jam so cooking it until it was a thick bubbly consistency was key. I could have added a touch more water and cooked it for longer to allow the figs to break down more but I decided to keep it as is.
This fig jam, a piece of extra sharp cheddar cheese, and a cracker…
Life will feel complete