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This homemade fig jam is amazing! Made with fresh figs, it will be a star of your cheese platter!
Ripe, plump figs are quite possibly the world’s most succulent fruit, with a naturally honey-like sweetness. Cooked down, they make a marvelous jam that intensifies that sweetness.
In fact, this Homemade Fig Jam is so easy, the figs practically jam themselves. If you have never tasted homemade fig jam, it is simply indescribable… truly mouthwatering!
Homemade Fig Jam is soft, fruity, and delicious, and its honey sweet taste is heightened by the lemon juice and vanilla in my recipe. And it has so many uses! With its unique taste, it goes perfectly with either sweet or savory dishes like scones, muffins, breads, or sweet or sharp cheeses.
There are so many ways to eat this epic fig jam, it surely won’t last long :) Enjoy this homemade fig jam as a center part of your cheese board. Or simply spread it on your morning toast.
You can also use it as a glaze on a ham. Smear it on a bagel with cream cheese (check out more of my bagel spread ideas). Team this homemade fig jam with tangy goat cheese or buttery brie, some prosciutto, and serve on crostini. Use it in a baked brie recipe. The possibilities are endless!
I love cheese, so my favorite way of eating fig jam is as part of the cheese platter. If you love cheese as much as I do, check out my article on how to make a cheese platter that makes everyone drool!
If you are looking for another awesome recipe to make with fresh figs, check out my roasted figs recipe – they are delicious! Enjoy!
- 1 lb fresh figs
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- ½ lemon, squeezed
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
- 2 tbsp water
- Cut the stems off the figs and discard.
- Cut the figs into quarters.
- Put all ingredients in a saucepan or pot and stir.
- Cook over medium heat, stirring, until the sugar is dissolved and the mixture is simmering.
- Reduce heat to low and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 30 minutes.
- To make the fig jam smooth, optionally pulse it in the food processor until desired consistency.