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Mystery Ingredient Contest: Homemade Fig Jam


April 4, 2013 by BettyCupcakes

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Last week I announced that Michelle at Belle Grove Plantation won the mystery ingredient contest for showing some serious love!  Michelle and her husband Brett Darnell are renovating the Belle Grove Plantation down in Virginia- the birthplace of James Madison.  It is a true labor of love and I cannot wait to visit.

Michelle selected figs, which I’d never actually cooked with before. I immediately thought of Fig Newtons and then thought- I bet I could make better fig filling.  And thus, homemade fig jam was born.  The seeds of the fig add such an interesting texture to this jam.

Come back tomorrow for an elegant appetizer that uses this homemade fig jam!
whole dried black mission figs

Fresh figs are only available in the fall, so I used dried figs.  After a bit of research, I discovered that Black Mission figs make the sweetest dried figs.  These are not as common as the turkish and Calimyrna varieties, but I found them at my local health food store Good Health Natural Foods.

Sliced black mission figs  black mission fig spread

Homemade Fig Jam

Homemade fig jam is surprisingly simple.  The orange juice cuts through the sweetness of the honey and figs, while the vanilla adds a touch of warmth.


  • 1 1/2 cups dried black mission figs, cut into 1/4 inch slices
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 cup clover honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla


  1. In a small saucepan, combine the figs, orange juice, and clover honey.  Place pan over medium high heat and bring to a boil.  Boil vigorously for 5 minutes while stirring frequently to keep the fig jam from burning.
  2. Then, knock the heat down to medium low and cook for 8-10 minutes stirring frequently until orange juice has reduced to about a 1/3 cup, the fig slices are soft, and jam is very thick.
  3. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla.  Store fig jam in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.

*Makes a little over 1 cup of fig jam

Possible Uses:

  • A Very Grown Up Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich
  • Homemade Fig Newtons
  • Thumbprint Cookies
  • Snack time- eat it straight out of the jar!

Don’t forget- tomorrow I’ll be sharing an appetizer recipe that uses this very jam!

Have you ever made jam at home?

What is your favorite kind of jam?

  • Yum! I’ve been obsessed with dried figs lately! This looks really good, really easy and now added sugar! Awesome!

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