Fig Orange Jam
Fig Orange Jam
This delicious spicy fig jam (from www.simplyrecipes.com) is a huge hit with both fig and non-fig lovers. The spices and fresh orange are a perfect combination of flavors. It’s a breeze to make in the microwave. Avoid doubling the recipe if you do use the microwave method because it will boil over and make a huge mess!
1 1/2 cups diced fresh figs (6-10 figs, depending on the size of the figs)
1/2 cup seeded, peeled orange, diced
1 1/2 cups of sugar (reduce if you want, though it won’t set as well)
1 1/2 teaspoons grated orange peel
3 Tbsp lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon butter
2 (8-ounce) canning jars
- Place the ingredients in a large ceramic or glass bowl or casserole (Use a 2-quart Pyrex measuring cup), stir to combine, let sit for 30 minutes for the fruit to macerate in the sugar.
- Place in microwave. Cook the fruit mixture on the high setting for approximately 15 minutes. As soon as the mixture starts to boil, after about 6 to 8 minutes, stop the cooking and stir. Continue cooking and stir every few minutes. At about 13 minutes the mixture should start to get viscous. If you spoon out a bit on to a small plate that has been in the freezer, you can push the mixture around a bit with your finger to see how thick it is. If it is runny, cook it a couple minutes more. You can also check by seeing how the jam runs off a spoon. If it seems to firm up a bit as it drips, it’s done.
- Pour the jam into jars, leaving 1/4-inch of headroom from the top of the jars. If you want to keep your jam in a cupboard, then use sterilized jars (heat them in the oven at 200°F for 10 minutes). If you plan to eat up quickly and will keep them in the refrigerator, regular clean jars will do or heavy plastic containers. The jam freezes well.