Today I will share with you the recipe for a deliciously sweet Fig Vanilla Jam. Having grown up in Italy, I have been really spoilt when it comes to sweet ripe seasonal fruits.
From peaches to apricots in summer, to pears and apples in winter. You name it. Here in Australia, things are quite different. While tropical fruits like mangoes, papaya, and pineapple are amazing, other fruits I would give for granted in Italy, like apricots and figs, have absolutely no taste here.
I would eat ripe figs straight from the tree during my summer holidays in Sicily when I was a kid. How I miss that!
So… what do you do when you buy ripe figs that are not that tasty? You make jam! There is nothing that a little sugar and vanilla cannot fix!
This jam is ready in 30 minutes and it is perfect to have with toast for breakfast. Enjoy!
Fig Vanilla Jam
Fig Vanilla Jam – a deliciously sweet jam made with ripe figs and just a hint of vanilla.
- 400 gms – 14 oz. figs quartered
- 200 gms – 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
Mix the quartered figs and sugar in a pot.
Cook, stirring, for about 20 to 30 minutes or until thick.
After 15 minutes, add the vanilla extract.
While the jam is cooking, put a small plate in the freezer.
After 20 minutes, when the jam appears like it is beginning to gel, put the fire off.
Put a small amount of jam on the frozen plate and return it to the freezer for a few minutes. If it wrinkles when you nudge it, it’s ready. If not, cook it some more and test it again until it’s ready.
Store the jam in sterilised jars.
If you prefer, you can blend the jam with a hand blender before storing it in the sterilised jars.