Whip up your very own Homemade Fig Jam using Dried Figs! This sweet treat is bursting with the rich, deep flavors of dried figs, and it's perfect for slathering on toast, crackers, or even spooning over your favorite cheese. You don't need a ton of fancy ingredients or loads of time—just a bit of patience for the magic to happen!
Fig jam is a great way to use up leftover dried figs It is very easy to make and tastes incredible. My absolute favorite way to serve this homemade fig jam when entertaining is with Goat Cheese on a crostini!
Top your morning toast or waffles or even ice cream! It would be delicious with any crostini or as a spread on a charcuterie platter with a few different cheeses. Add a nice glass of wine and you're guests are set!
Homemade Fig Jam Ingredients
- 2 cups of dried figs, chopped (stems out, please!)
- 1 cup of sugar (yep, the sweet stuff)
- Zest and juice from 1 lemon (zesty!)
- 1 cup of water (good ol' H2O)
How To Make Fig Jam Using Dried Figs
- Chop Those Figs: Get rid of those stems on the dried figs and chop them into small bits. If your figs are super dry, give 'em a soak in warm water for about 30 minutes before the chopping party.
Mix It Up: Grab a saucepan and toss in those chopped figs, sugar, lemon zest, lemon juice, and water. Give it a good stir to spread the sugar love.
Simmer Down Now: Stick your saucepan over medium heat and let the mixture start to simmer. Stir it now and then to keep things from getting too sticky. When you see that gentle simmer, turn the heat down low and keep it simmering gently.
Stir and Wait: Let it simmer for about 30-40 minutes. You want the figs to get super soft. Give it a stir every so often.
Check for Jamminess: To see if it's ready, drop a bit of the jam onto a cold plate and let it cool for a sec. Run your finger through it—if it wrinkles up and holds its shape, you're good to go. If not, let it simmer a bit more and try the finger test again.
Cool and Jar It: Take your jam off the heat and let it cool for a little while. Then, scoop it into clean jars. Seal 'em up tight.
Time to Dig In: Now, it's time to savor your homemade fig jam! Slather it on toast, pair it up with some cheese, or drizzle it on your yogurt or desserts. Any leftover jam can chill in the fridge for a few weeks.
Tips For Serving Fig Jam
You can serve this delicious fig jam on more than just toast!
1. Pair with Cheese: Serve fig jam with cheese for a classic and delightful pairing.
2. Spread on Toast: Enjoy on toast or baguette slices for a simple and delicious breakfast.
3. Add to Sandwiches: Elevate sandwiches with a layer of fig jam for a sweet and savory twist.
4. Top Off Charcuterie: Complement cured meats on a charcuterie board with fig jam.
5. Dress Up Desserts: Drizzle over ice cream or use as a pastry filling for a sweet treat.
6. Mix in Yogurt: Enhance plain or Greek yogurt with a spoonful of fig jam.
7. Topping for Breakfast: Warm and drizzle over pancakes or waffles for a delightful breakfast.
These tips cover the most common and versatile ways to enjoy fig jam. Feel free to explore and discover your personal favorite serving method!
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Homemade Fig Jam With Dried Figs
- 1 saucepan
- 14 oz dried figs, stems removed, chopped small
- 2 cups water
- 1½ cups sugar
- 2 tablespoon lemon juice
- Add chopped figs to a medium saucpan with water, lemon juice and sugar.
- Bring to a boil then turn the heat to a simmer.
- Stir mixture occasionally as it begins to thicken. It should take approximately 30-40 minutes for the figs to soften and break down.
- For a super smooth fig jam, use an immersion blender or food processor to puree the figs into a smooth jam. Otherwise your jam will be chunkier.
- Store in a sealed container for 3-4 weeks.