Figgy Jam

Serves: 10 - 12 people (Makes about 500g of jam)

Difficulty: Easy

Making your own jam is easy and you don’t need special equipment. Just have a read of my blog post to read about the basics.

You can use a heavy bottomed casserole pan for your jam pan, and clean old screw top lids if you don’t have a spare kilner jar. This recipe uses juicy ripe figs and depending on how you like it you can leave the skin on or peel it – I have got a bit of both in here. And as always there is a touch of spice to get some background flavour.

Ingredients

  • Around 500 g ripe figs (about 8 plump ones)
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 star anise (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger powder
  • zest & juice of 1 lemon
  • 450 g granulated sugar

Method

1. Wash the figs really well and chop off the woody stalks. Peel half of them, especially if the skin feels thick, and chop them all into small chunks.

2. Place in a heavy casserole pan with the cinnamon stick, star anise (if using), ginger powder and lemon zest and juice.

3. Place on a low heat and leave the figs to go all soft and pulpy, which should take around 20 minutes, or longer if they were quite hard.

4. Once they are soft add the sugar and stir until it is all dissolved.

5. Increase the heat and allow to boil until it reaches 'setting point', around 5 - 10 more minutes. You can easily test this by popping a plate in the fridge beforehand. Spread a little jam onto the plate and allow to cool. Push some with your finger and the jam should wrinkle a little. Make sure you turn off the heat whilst you test it.

6. In the meantime sterilise your jars. Wash them in warm soapy water and pop in a cold oven set to 150°C/300°F/gas 2 for 10 minutes to dry out. When you need them carefully remove with oven gloves and fill the hot jars with the piping hot jam. Be really careful as the jam is crazy hot!

7. Seal immediately and leave to cool. This jam will last about 6 months and tastes amazing spread on crusty bread or even with a salty blue cheese.


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