(Note: this post was originally published on November 25, 2019. The date above reflects migration to the new platform, at which point the photos were also updated.)
Okay, confession time. I have a secret to share about fig jam. It's one of those things that looks so fancy and hard to make, but I have a shortcut. Soon you'll be putting fig jam on everything, just like me!
My shortcut: use dried figs instead of fresh. Yes, I know, it's so naughty! But using dried figs is (1) cheaper, (2) way faster, and (3) doesn't require you to find fresh ones, which can be really difficult in certain regions and seasons. This fig jam comes together in about 15 minutes and uses exactly one pot and a blender. It's almost absurdly easy.
As a huge added benefit, dried figs of course contain far less moisture, meaning that you need zero added sweeteners or pectin to bring your jam together. Even better, I find that jam made with dried figs is significantly more flavorful than jam made with fresh figs. This one is really a major win all around.
Homemade fig jam is something I have in the fridge at absolutely all times. A few of my favorite uses:
Here's what you'll need for this recipe, as well as some thoughts, tips, and possible substitutions. If you make any substitutions, I'd love to hear about it in the comments section below.
Fig jam has become one of those things that's ALWAYS in our fridge. It's so easy to make and so useful. We use it at least a few times a week for flavoring yogurt or adding to salad dressings. It's also a great homemade gift, so don't hesitate to make a big batch and share it with everyone you know. Just remember to keep your jam in the fridge (or freezer) since this recipe isn't designed for canning.
What are you waiting for? All this quick recipe takes is a short boil and then a thorough blending. No fussing, no pectin, no sugar, no long waiting, very few dishes to wash. You'll be doing a happy fig dance in no time!
It makes me so happy to hear from you and see your creations! Please leave a comment below and let me know what you think about this recipe. If you post a photo on Instagram, hashtag #TheRogueBrusselSprout and tag me (@TheRogueBrusselSprout) in the post text so that I'm sure to see it.
Fig jam is a delightfully earthy and sweet condiment that belongs in and on pretty much anything. This secret shortcut will allow you to make it in no time, with no added sugars or thickeners!
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