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Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Fig-Sesame Jam

There were so many figs at the farmers market this weekend it was hard to choose just one pack. Also, I wasn't sure if I should get the green or the black, I was in a fig conundrum. I ended up going with the black figs that I have been picking up the last few weeks (I made my ricotta figs again last week at the request of dear Kelly who was moving, but that time made with mascarpone). This time I was going to try a savory fig recipe, but then I came across a recipe that looked easy and would let me enjoy figs for longer than the season lasts. Sign me up! I am so loving the figs. I've never made a jam before, but this coming Saturday I am going to be taking a class on canning and preserving so I can't wait to test my new skills with the end of summer harvest. Oh yeah, I also saw the first butternut squash of the season at the farmers market. I am so excited since I just discovered this wonderful stuff last year pre-food blogging. Get ready to see tons of butternut squash recipes from me!

Fig-Sesame Jam
(Adapted from Epicurious)

1 cup sugar plus 2 tablespoons
3/4 cup water
2 pounds firm-ripe fresh figs, trimmed and quartered
3 1-inch strips fresh lemon zest
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
3 tablespoons sesame seeds, toasted

Simmer sugar and water in a large heavy saucepan, stirring, until sugar is dissolved. Gently stir in figs, zest, and lemon juice and simmer, uncovered, stirring occasionally, until thick and syrupy, 1 3/4 to 2 hours. Gently stir in sesame seeds.

Let the jam cool and store in jars for up to one month.

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10 comments:

JennDZ - The Leftover Queen said...

I love jam and cheese together! Not sure why, but for me it is the perfect flavor combination!

CECIL said...

My husband loves fig - seriously love love figs. This will be such a great treat for him!

Dawn said...

Yes, a little bit of jam and a good slice of cheddar--perfect. Like your style girl!

Reeni said...

I finally scored some fresh figs today, after looking everywhere for weeks and weeks. I had to seriously stop myself from chowing down on all of them right out of the container so I would have some left to create with! Your jam is scrumptious looking, YUM!!!

Jessie said...

Oh, gosh this looks amazing! Thanks for sharing!

Erica said...

I have never made jelly or jam and have it on the "list" to try! I promise I will try to do the meme soon! I am at training and just haven't had time blehhh. thanks for picking me ;)

ttfn300 said...

oh my i am jealous of your figs!!! That looks simply amazing :) And I can't wait to see what you do with your squash ;-)

[eatingclub] vancouver || js said...

Jam looks gorgeous! And stop it with the figs already. LOL I keep drooling. . .

Nate-n-Annie said...

yum yum yum!

Kelly said...

This looks amazing!! Wish I could be there to try it!!