This jam went off well so I made it for a brunch I hosted with friends, a dinner at my friend Cathy’s house and then as a present for my Dad’s 70th birthday and now I’m sharing it here! The jam is quick to make and only calls for 4 ingredients: dried figs, dried red chilis, honey and lemon. This is also a good way to make jam in the winter, when variety of seasonal fruits are scarce.
I’m a big fan of raw honey so that’s the type of honey I used for the jam, but you can also use regular honey:
The jam is truly sweet and spicy, but you can vary the chili according to your taste. I’ve eaten the jam quite a few ways, but my favorites are served with a baguette and a sharp cheese like cheddar, mixed in with plain yogurt & sliced almonds or in a sandwich with plain old peanut butter.
Chili Fig Jam
24 dried figs
4 red chilis
juice of 1 lemon
1/2 cup raw honey
1 1/2 cups water
Put the figs, chilis, lemon juice and honey in a pot. Fill the pot with water. You want to make sure the contents are covered with water.
Bring the pot to a boil and then simmer until the figs are really soft, about 15-20 minutes.
Cool the mixture and then blend it to the consistency you like using a hand blender or regular blender. You can store in the fridge for up to a week.
If you want to can this jam, read this post on how to preserve it in sterilized jars.