To know me is to know I have a fig tree. And man, do I love that tree.
I'm not even crazy about the taste of stand alone, raw figs, but a full grown fig tree is gorgeous! Not to mention the internal beauty of its fruit. Over the years I have done enough sampling of fig recipes that I've got my favorites narrowed down. Here is one of them: Fig and Vanilla Jam. It comes from the book 'Preserve It!', probably my all time favorite for preserving. Great recipes and tons of photos. You can click on the bottom image if you wish to enlarge the recipe page for better viewing.
1-1/2 pounds of black mission figs that managed to escape the raccoons.
Figs, apple, lemon juice and zest plus one vanilla pod. Ready to go!
Preparing the jars for the hot water bath.
Just in time for the holidays, the best gift you could give!
I love a dollop of fig jam on top of brie and crackers. The jam is the sweetest shade of dark pink and just look - you can see both the fig and vanilla bean seeds.
My favorite book for preserving food.
(Click on the image above to enlarge for better viewing of recipe)
In case you can't clearly read the list of ingredients, here they are again:
1-1/2 lb ripe figs with soft skins, trimmed and cut into quarters
Zest and juice of 1 organic lemon, washed
1 small cooking apple, peeled, cored and coursely chopped
1 vanilla bean, sliced lengthwise
3-1/2 cups granulated sugar