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Pantry Preserving: Spiced Orange Fig Jam

Spiced Orange Fig Jam

As some of you may remember, we have a fig tree that we planted as part of our Wedding Ceremony.  So I’m always on the look out for great ways to use figs.  This jam was not only fairly easy to make, it immediately reminded me of the Christmas holidays.  The smells and tastes from the spices combined with the orange and fig were just heavenly.  This will definitely be a go-to recipe when making gifts for the holidays!

This recipe makes three 8-ounce jars (or you can do a combination of 8 ounce and 4 ounce jars as seen above).

Spiced Orange Fig Jammodified from 250 Home Preserving Favorites

  • 3 medium oranges
  • 1 lb (3 cups) finely chopped fresh figs (I used brown turkey)
  • 3 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground cloves
  • 3-4 whole star anise

Using a fine grater, remove 1 Tbs orange rind and set aside.

Peel oranges and remove all pith, seeds, and membranes.  Chop the fruit into small pieces.

In a large dutch oven, or heavy bottomed pot, combine orange rind, oranges, figs, and sugar.  Let stand for 1 hour.

Bring mixture to a boil over high heat, stirring constantly to dissolve sugar.  Stir in honey and add cinnamon, cloves, and star anise.  (The star anise will be fished out later in the process).

Reduce heat to medium-low and boil gently, stirring often and reducing heat further as mixture thickens.  If fig skins seem tough, use an immersion blender to break down further after 15-20 minutes.

Test for setting point by doing the wrinkle test.  (Take a chilled plate and add about 2 tsp of fig mixture to the plate.  Place in the freezer for 2-3 minutes.  Remove plate and push the mixture with either your finger or a fork.  If it wrinkles, it is set).

Ladle jam into sterilized jars, leaving 1/4 inch of space from the rim.  Wipe off any excess jam that may have spilled.  Apply lids and rings and tighten (fingertip tight).

Process the jars for 10 minutes in boiling water bath.

23 comments on “Pantry Preserving: Spiced Orange Fig Jam

  1. Cloches & Lavender
    October 21, 2013

    Yum so good. If you have too much feel free to send me a jar, LOL!!!!

    • Green Door Hospitality
      October 21, 2013

      Haha! No extras this batch but maybe when we make it again?! Someday I’ll get out to New Jersey and I’ll bring you a whole basket full of preserves. 🙂

  2. Chris Whalen
    October 21, 2013

    That sounds so good. I bet the honey is wonderful with the figs!

  3. thesinglegourmetandtraveller
    October 21, 2013

    Lovely combination of flavours. Sounds delicious.

  4. mmmarzipan
    October 21, 2013

    This sounds absolutely amazing! And I love the simple ingredients list too! Haven’t made any jams yet this year… this might be the one!!! 😀

  5. the Painted Apron
    October 21, 2013

    Oh this sounds heavenly, I envy the lucky ones on your gift giving list!

  6. apuginthekitchen
    October 21, 2013

    How nice, I love fig jam the honey and orange are perfect with the figs, How long will it be before you see figs on your tree? I wish I had a fig tree.

    • Green Door Hospitality
      October 24, 2013

      We had some small figs this year that got taken by the birds. Hoping that within the next two years we have a large enough crop that we can utilize for jams.

  7. gentlestitches
    October 21, 2013

    Fig jam is my favourite jam. How delicious would this be in a small shortcrust tart with a dollop of sour cream? mmmmmmm.

  8. A Taste of Wintergreen
    October 21, 2013

    I’m not that far north of New Jersey (several hours) so when you make that trip – perhaps you’d bring some fig jam to Kingston for me. Brooklyn would be on your way too! (A Pug in the Kitchen!). 😉

    • Green Door Hospitality
      October 24, 2013

      Haha… I could start a “jam express”! Hoping in the car and delivering jam all along the east coast and up into Canada! What a fun road trip! 🙂

  9. kalamitykelli
    October 22, 2013

    Fig is my favorit and to add orange???? YUM!

  10. Johnnysenough Hepburn
    October 24, 2013

    Really like this combination! As I don’t seem to be using my fig jam as it’s too sweet for my palate I wouldn’t mind doing a stock syrup along these lines. Especially for topping a pumpkin pie I’m hoping to make. Not that I’ve made one before. Not even sure if figs would go with. But I had this idea of using the jam earlier this evening. Huh, possibly too much with the orange as well. Why not! I’ll try both 🙂

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  12. Our Adventure in Croatia
    October 29, 2013

    love figs jam, but this is such an unusual combination!

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