Fig Jam with Spiced Honey

August 1, 2016 2 Comments

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.

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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.

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This fig jam, a piece of extra sharp cheddar cheese, and a cracker…

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Fig, Bacon, Onion Jam
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Fig Jam with Spiced Honey
This recipe contains bacon, but for my vegetarians, simply omit the first step and go straight to sautéing the onions in oil and butter.
Prep Time 5-10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Servings
pint
Ingredients
Prep Time 5-10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Servings
pint
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Heat a deep pot on medium heat and cook bacon until slightly golden. Do not cook until crispy. You want to have some chewiness in the bacon.
  2. Once the bacon is cooked, remove excess fat and leave about 1 tablespoon of fat in the pot. Add the onions and lower the heat to medium low. Cook until onions are caramelized. Stir the onions every so often to check that the bottom of the pan isn't burning but is creating a golden color from the caramelization.
  3. Add a tablespoon of vinegar to the onions and bacon and scrape the bottom of the pan as it deglazes.
  4. Add the figs and give the mixture a nice store before adding the water. The water is important to help the outer part of the figs to cook down.
  5. Stir in the honey and cover the pot. Allow jam to cook and thicken for about 20 minutes. Stir the jam every couple minutes.
  6. Once the jam has thickened, add the 2nd tablespoon of apple cider vinegar and salt. Give the jam one last stir before cooling and storing in a jar. Keep this jam refrigerated unless you plan on following a canning method of your choice.
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G&G

North Carolina born, Vancouver living, cooking, and baking fanatic that is bringing my kitchen to the internet.

2 Comments

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    Celeste | The Whole Serving

    August 1, 2016

    I just purchased a bag full of figs today. I love the versatility of figs, there are so many ways to use them in recipes. This looks delicious.

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      G&G

      August 1, 2016

      I’m slowly experimenting with figs and different cooked recipes. It’s just really hard for me to take such a perfect tasty fruit and cook it down. What kinds of things have you made?

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