Simple to prepare and enjoyably sweet, this homemade jam will be your new favorite toast topper. Or try it with a bit of baked brie and crackers for a sophisticated appetizer.
- 1½ pounds fresh green figs cut into quarters, about 3-4 cups.
- 1 cup sugar
- ¼ cup water
- Juice of ½ lemon
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Place all ingredients in a large saucepan over medium heat. Stir to combine and bring to a simmer uncovered. Turn it down to the lowest heat and simmer for 45 minutes to 1 hour stirring occasionally until most of the liquid has evaporated. The longer it cooks the thicker it will get. It will also thicken after it’s cooled.
For a smoother jam, purée directly in the pot with an immersion blender or transfer to a food processor. Makes about 2 cups. Keep refrigerated for up to 2 months.