Aida's Fresh Fig Jam
This Recipe comes from my sister Aida. It's a Lebanese recipe for making fresh fig jam. The recipe uses Mastic which is an ingredient extracted from the Mastic tree which is in the Pistachio tree family. You may find it at greek and middle eastern stores. It gives the jam a really nice and unique flavor. As a substitute you may use Anise seeds instead.
- 6 pounds of fresh figs
- 2 cups of sugar
- 3 Tsp Sesame seeds
- juice of half a lemon
- 2 packs of mastic (or 2 tsp of ground Anise)
- Peel the stems and the thick part of the skin of the figs.
- Cut the figs in quarters
- place the figs in a pot and add the sugar.
- Do not add any water. The figs retain enough water.
- Place the pot on a medium heat and mix the figs and sugar well.
- Add the sesame seeds to the mixture.
- Leave on heat for 15-20 mins. Slow down the heat if it's starts boiling rapidly.
- Add the Lemon juice.
- If using Mastic, crush it until it's powdery then apply it. If using Ground Anise go ahead and add it to the mixture.
- Mix well, and leave on low heat until mixture is thick.
- Place in jars.
Bassem's Fig and Walnut jam
This is my favorite jam, it's made with Sun dried figs. It has a different flavor than the fresh fig jam.
- 2 cups of chopped sun dried figs
- 1 cup of sugar
- 1/2 cup of water
- 3 Tsb Sesame seeds (roasted is recommended)
- 1/2 cup of walnuts
- Juice of half a Lemon
- 1tsp Anise
- Chop the dried figs and remove the stems.
- Place in medium pot and mix in the sugar.
- Add the water. you may add up to 1 cup of water, but you'll need to boil the mixture longer.
- Stir the mixture and once it starts boiling add the Walnuts
- allow to boil on medium heat, then add the Sesame seeds.
- Add the ground Anise and stir it well with the mixture.
- Allow the mixture to thicken and then add the Lemon.
- leave on low heat for at least 10 minutes until the mixture is thick.
- pour in jars.
This recipe is perfect for those who end up with lots of unripe figs in the fall.
- 2 pounds unripe figs
- 1 cup Sugar
- 1 teaspoon Cloves
- 1/2 Lemon
Pick the unripe figs that are almost full size but still hard. Cut the stems, (If you wish you may also peel the skin off.) Place in a pot, cover it with water and boil them for 5 minutes.
- After they have been boiling for 5 minutes, drain the water and add new water and boil again. After 5 minutes, drain the water again.
- Now you will notice that the figs are soft. Add enough water to cover the figs in the pot, then add the equal amount of sugar. So for every cup of water 1 cup of sugar.
- Allow to boil for 15 minutes, then add a little bit of Cloves. Then allow the syrup to thicken then add the juice of half lemon. Let it cool, then place it in a jar.
Author: Bassem Samaan