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Thursday, March 10, 2016

Mission Fig Conserve Recipe

When people think of "figs" they usually think of it as a filling in a delicious cookie. However, figs can be used hundreds of different ways, including as a delicious condiment like shown below. This condiment is perfect for cheese and paté. The recipe is courtesy of: Paulding and Company and will yield approximately 1 quart.

Mission Fig Conserve Recipe

2 lbs. Mission figs, stemmed and coarsely diced
3/4 cup honey
1/2 cup Port (I used a local Merlot Port from Trentadue Winery)
¼ tsp. salt, or more to taste
1 small Meyer lemon, seeded and finely diced (skin and flesh), or the zest and juice from a regular lemon
dash of ground cinnamon — not more than 1/8 tsp., or it will overwhelm the flavors
Dash of Sriracha sauce or your favorite hot sauce

Combine figs with remaining ingredients except hot sauce in a 2-quart pot. Bring to a simmer, and cook until thick, about 15-20 minutes, on medium heat. Stir frequently to be sure the mixture doesn’t stick. The finished product will be thickly syrupy. Test a bit by letting it cool on a spoon. It shouldn't be runny.

Taste the mixture, and if it needs a bit more lemon juice or salt, add it in, then add the dash of Sriracha sauce at the end. I use my homemade, which is very hot from my home-grown peppers, but commercial should be fine too. This is a perfect condiment to can and give as a gift. I made four small one-cup jars, which I processed in a water bath for 20 minutes, and still had a bit more to nibble on. If you don’t can the conserve, store it in the refrigerator. It should keep for about a month; there’s not as much sugar in it as a jam, so it won’t last forever.


jopb said...

My husband loves figs , especially since he used to eat them fresh in California when he was a child. I love this fig recipe because it can be served as a condiment with so many meals.

Ali @ Jamhands.net said...

Oh boy do these look amazing!