I made this a few days ago, but what better time to pull out old recipes than when I’m out of cooking commission? Joe even had to tend to our pizza dough last night!
This semi-spicy fig jam recipe goes best with cheese. The best I could do at the time was cheddar, and sadly the best crackers i had around were saltines. It was very, very tasty – the only shame is that the cheese and crackers didn’t do the good jam justice.
- 1 1/2 C diced fresh figs (6-10 figs, depending on the size of the figs)
- 1/2 C seeded, peeled orange, diced (up to 1 small navel orange diced)
- 1 1/2 C of sugar (I used 1 C)
- 1 1/2 t grated orange peel
- 3 T lemon juice
- 1/4 t ground ginger
- 1/4 t ground cloves
- 1/2 t cinnamon
- 1/2 t butter
Combine all the ingredients in a microwave safe container and let it sit for 30 minutes. This lets the fruit macerate in the sugar.
Microwave on high for 7 minutes, stop cooking, and stir. Continue cooking for another 6 minutes, stopping to stir ever couple minutes. After a total of about 13 minutes, the mixture should become viscous.
Test the jam’s viscosity with a spoon. If the liquid begins to firm up before it drips, it is done. I plan to finish eating mine within a week, so I have it refrigerated in a plastic container. If you want to save it long term, check out the USDA canning guidelines here.
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