Every once in a while, we become obsessed with a particular type of food. One year, it was ginger. A few months ago, it was Spanish sausage. Now, our new obsession are figs. It all started in May when we went to Paris. We had a connecting flight in Canada and had a sandwich at the airport that had fig jam, apples and brie cheese. Ever since then, we have been wanting to make our own fig jam but with a twist, of course! Our stamp on this recipe is using honey instead of sugar. You could spread this jam on sandwiches, crackers, bread, soft cheeses, etc. This thick and tasty jam makes a wonderful gift as well!
2 16 oz. packages of figs
2 tablespoons of lemon juice
1/3 cup of water
1/3 cup of honey
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
Measuring cups and spoons
Turn the heat on to medium and allow the mixture to simmer for about 10 minutes while frequently stirring.
When the figs are soft, remove the pot from the stove and blend the ingredients with an emersion blender. Be careful to not burn yourself while blending. If you do not have an emersion blender, place the mixture in a food processor and pulse until smooth.
Once the mixture is smooth, place the pot back on the stove. Continue to mix with a spatula until the the jam thickens. Remove from the heat and add the vanilla extract and mix. You can either can it in a ball jar or refrigerate for up to a week. The jam is ready to eat when cooled.