Monday, November 2, 2009

Moms Fig Jam

I just love, like, enjoy many things in this life but there's one thing that I live for--the fig. I simply adore them. So when I spotted them at the market, I just had to grab a few boxes. My Mom was passionate about making her fig squares, an old New England recipe passed down to her from my grandmother that I have to admit, were the best I've ever eaten. I could always tell we were going to have a tray of warm fig squares as soon as I came into the room and smelled her jam simmering on the stove.

I also want to make some fig cookies for the holidays that I've never tried before, an apple, pomagranate and fig galette recipe that's been sitting on my recipe box for weeks now, and a recipe I saved that fellow blogger Linda of Ciao Chow Linda's posted a few weeks back for her fig frangipane tart.. as I'm a pushover for frangipane and hers looks too tempting not to try. I love topping my apple tarts with a glaze of figs.

Are you seeing a pattern here? Before I can make any of these wonderful recipes I needed to make some fig jam. My Mom always added a bit of chopped dates to her fig jam, but I omit them from mine. She also never added any brandy to her recipe, but I added some homemade Beach Plum brandy to mine. The recipe gave me four pint jars with just a little berry sized bowlful that I drizzled warmly over vanilla ice cream and dove in. Yum!

Fig Jam -- adapted from my Mom

4 cups diced figs, stems removed
zest of one orange
1 orange, peeled and diced small
1/4 - 1/2 cup water--enough to just cover cut figs
2 cups sugar
3 TBLS lemon juice
3 TBLS Beach Plum brandy *optional
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground ginger
1/8 tsp ground cloves
1 package Certo Sure-Jell liquid fruit pectin

Wash and trim figs and cut into bite sized pieces. Pour in the sugar and orange zest and toss well In a large pan add figs,orange pieces, lemon juice and just enough water to cover fig mixture. Bring this to a boil a few minutes and stir well until figs begin to soften. I like my figs chunky, so I don't mash them as they cook down. Add spices, brandy.. stir well and add fruit pectin. Allow it to gently boil 3-4 more minutes and ladle into prepared canning jars. Cover and water bath process 15 minutes if you are planning to store this jam. This recipe may easily reduced by half and eaten within three days,{though it would never last that long around here :)} refrigerator stored, if not processing. Then use your imagination on how you plan to use this delicious jam. Enjoy!


Ciao Chow Linda said...

Thanks for the shout-out. Love the jam and will definitely add orange next time I make it. So where is the fig squares recipe?

Karen said...

Beautiful pictures! The jam looks delicious and how nice that it's a family recipe.

YankeeSoaper said...

Soon Linda, soon! Thanks & yvw.

YankeeSoaper said...

Thanks Karen.. I'm just a nut about making jams & jellies.

~~louise~~ said...

Uh oh, I've never had fig jam. There, I said it. I'm not much into preserving but oh how I would love to try this recipe. Perhaps, if time allows, I'll make it when the kids come and have them help me. Then we can experience it for the first time together.

Thank you so much for sharing such a personal recipe...