Simple Fig Jam

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When I think of Cyprus I associate it with lots of delicious food and produce including figs and lemons, so when Expedia asked me to take part in the World on a Plate Challenge I knew what I had to make, a simple Fig Jam.

My husband lived in Paphos for a year as a teenager and fondly remembers the fig and lemon trees growing in the garden there. In fact I’m sure it’s my mother in law who suggested I make fig jam when I first started jam making as she is a huge fan of it. I have to admit to being totally unfamiliar to figs as they are not something I grew up with.. I did love Fig Rolls though as a child, until the day I saw a dried fig and then I was totally put off them (kid logic)!

Simple Fig Jam - Fab Food 4 All

So back to the plot, having tried some fig jam for the first time last year (that my mother gave me), I actually really loved it and put it on my bucket list of jams to make. I decided to keep the flavour clean and simple as I’m not a big fan of adding flavourings to jam – I like to let the fruit shine! As figs are low in pectin rather than use jam sugar or pectin I upped the lemon juice in this recipe and also used the skins for additional pectin!

Simple Fig Jam - Fab Food 4 All

My simple Fig Jam turned out wonderfully and we have been enjoying it with cheese and biscuits as well as on croissants etc for a sweet treat. What surprised me most was the colour as the fig jam I’d been given was brown but this fig jam has a beautiful deep pink colour.


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Simple Fig Jam
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A fruity and Simple Fig Jam which is perfect to have with cheese or just eaten as regular jam!
Recipe type: Snack
Cuisine: Cypriot
Serves: 1 ltr
  • 1.2 Kg Figs, washed
  • 600g Glranulated sugar
  • Juice and skin of 2 small unwaxed lemons (equating to 5 tbsp juice)
  1. The night before prepare the figs by trimming the stems, chopping in half and then chop each half into nine pieces, cutting in 3 both ways. (If you like a finer textured jam then chop into smaller pieces.)
  2. Place the halved lemon skins into a glass bowl along with the chopped figs and pour over the sugar followed by the lemon juice, cover and leave at room temperature overnight.
  3. Place all the fruit mixture into a preserving pan (or one of similar size) and gently heat until all the sugar has dissolved.
  4. Increase the heat and bring the mixture up to a rolling boil.
  5. Reduce the heat and simmer for 38 - 40 minutes, stirring regularly until the mixture is looking thick and syrupy. You can use a potato masher to break up the figs if you wish.
  6. Discard the lemon skins and pot up in hot sterilised jars.
  7. Makes 1 ltr of jam (which for me filled just over 1 large and 2 small jars).
Sterilise jars by washing in hot soapy water or use fresh from the dishwasher, fill with boiling water, emptying and then place in oven for 20 minutes at 140°C leaving in oven until jam is ready. Washed lids should be sterilised with boiling water and then left to drain.

Simple Fig Jam - Fab Food 4 AllI do hope you try my fig jam recipe and if you need any more fig inspiration then take a look at these recipe ideas:

Honey Roasted Fig and Red Pepper Salad with wilted Spinach – A Mummy Too

Figs Stuffed with Vegan Cashew Cream Cheese – Natural Kitchen Adventures

Smoked Duck Salad with Glazed Figs, Blue Cheese & Hazelnuts – The Foodie Couple Blog

Fig, White Chocolate and Mascarpone Tarts – Tin & Thyme

Baked Figs with Bacon, Sundried Tomatoes & Mozarella – Munchies & Munchkins

NB: I received vouchers to cover my ingredients and time making this recipe.


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  1. Debbie w

    Just making my first ever batch. My neighbour has masses of figs and lets them rot every year. For the first time ever she asked if I wanted some! Always had to buy in France before so I hope this tastes good!

    1. Camilla

      Ooh fab, my old neighbour had a tree but I wasn’t into jam making back then wish I lived next to her now:-) Let me know how you get on:-)

  2. Isabella

    This looks like my idea of heaven! You really are the queen of jams, delicious!

    1. Camilla

      Aaw, thank you so much Isabella-)

  3. Heather Haigh

    Oh I love figs, looks delicious.

  4. Eb Gargano

    I love figs but I’ve never tried fig jam. I will have to have a go at making this so I can find out what it tastes like!

    1. Camilla

      I’ve never liked figs but I love fig jam:-) Do let me know what you think!

  5. peter @feedyoursoultoo

    I am sure the figs made for a great jelly. I hope your husband enjoyed the memories.

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Peter they really did:-) Hubby hadn’t had fig jam before but really likes it now;-)

  6. April J Harris

    Your fig jam looks wonderful, Camilla! I can think of so many recipes to use it in!

    1. Camilla

      Thank you April, ooh I’m trying to think what recipes you have in mind now:-)

  7. Nadia's Healthy Kitchen

    I love figs but I don’t think i’ve had fig jam. Looks delicious! I bet this would go nicely with some salty cheese on a piece of bread 🙂

    1. Camilla

      Thank you, yes fab with salty cheese:-)

  8. Sarah

    I’m not keen on fresh figs either, but I love them dried so I thought I’d give this recipe a go. I made it this morning and it’s lovely. Looks fab in the jars too. Thanks.

    1. Camilla

      Oh fabulous, so glad you like it:-)

  9. Elizabeth

    I’m a big fan of figs. I never used to be, but I’ve fallen in love with them over the last few years. What a gorgeous jam this is! Pinned to try later 🙂

    1. Camilla

      Thanks:-) I’m still not but liking the jam is probably a first step LOL:-)

  10. Paul Wilson

    Figs are underrated in my opinion.

    1. Camilla

      I’m not keen on fresh ones but love them in jam now;-)

  11. Platter Talk

    This post make me want to go up to my pantry and dig out a jar of this fig jam! I can’t wait to make it!

    1. Camilla

      Thank you! Do let me know what you think:-)

  12. Serena | Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch

    What a gorgeous fig jam!

    1. Camilla

      Thank you Serena, I’m hooked on it now:-)

  13. Sylvia @ Happiness is homemade

    What a beautiful vibrant colour! I love figs and while I was on holiday in Algeria I’ve tried green variety for the first time – it was super tasty! Wish we had them in the UK 🙂

    1. Camilla

      Ooh green figs sound fab:-)

  14. Suzy | The Mediterranean Dish

    Figs are a symbol of the Mediterranean! And fig jam is my favorite. Great recipe!!!

    1. Camilla

      Thank you so Suzy, I’m so glad I made this recipe:-)

  15. Notmyyearoff

    This looks so lovely, we do like figs and have a lot of fig roll biscuits but I’ve never thought to try it in a jam before.

    1. Camilla

      Well you have to try this jam then:-)

  16. Julia@Vikalinka

    What a gorgeous colour! I love anything made with figs but I have never attempted making jam. Pinning the recipe for later!

    1. Camilla

      Thank you Julia – it’s never too late to start jam making and once you start I’m sure you’ll get hooked like I am:-)

  17. Becca @ Amuse Your Bouche

    Oooh this sounds amazing! I often find figs a bit gritty, but I love the flavour, so turning them into a jam sounds perfect for me 🙂

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Becca, yes the jam just turns them into something extra awesome:-)

  18. Janie

    Oooh, you’ve just reminded me how much I love fig jam Camilla. I first tried it on the breakfast buffet in an Egyptian hotel and fell so in love with it I ended up bringing home several jars in my suitcase!
    If our fig tree ever puts out enough fruit, you can guess what I’ll be doing with it 😉
    Janie x

    1. Camilla

      Fabulous Janie – I’m now wishing I still had my old neigbour as she had loads of figs from her tree every year!

  19. Ceri

    I adore figs, and am a bit sad that they aren’t available all year round – but then I switch to dried figs which I love to. I think its the burst of sweetness from the seeds in the middle. Anyway… Jam looks like a lovely way to enjoy these fruits. Especially with cheese!

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Ceri, yes the jam is fabulous with cheese. I think I’ll have to make another batch soon as everyone wants a jar!

  20. Katie Bryson

    This jam looks stunning Camilla… i’m a big fan of home preserving having been taught by my mum. I’m in the middle of making a batch of bramble jelly right now, but i’m already thinking Figs could have to be next on the jam agenda!!!!!! Gorgeous pictures 🙂

    1. Camilla

      Thank you Katie, I’m really pleased with the jam:-) Your jelly sounds fab, an area of preserving I’ve yet to venture to!

  21. Maya Russell

    I was never a liker of figs but this jam looks very nice and I would try it for sure. Our fig tree, though, never bears any decent sized fruit.

    1. Camilla

      That’s a shame Maya, maybe it needs some nutrients put in the soil or perhaps it requires more sun. My neighbour’s fig tree produced good sized fruit.

  22. Paul Wilson

    Great stuff.

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Paul:-)

  23. Jacqueline Meldrum

    I’ve gone off figs lately, but this looks gorgeous Camilla. You really are the queen of jams. Stumbled, Yummed and Tweeted.

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Jacs:-) I’ve never liked figs but in jam they rock:-)

  24. Janice

    ooh that looks so good Camilla, especially love the idea of having it with savoury foods. Lovely photos too.

    1. Camilla

      Aaw thanks Janice, I wasn’t happy with my first set so did a re-shoot!

  25. Tracy

    This just looks delicious- I love figs and I am sure I could eat a whole jar of this in one go!

    1. Camilla

      LOL Tracey and thank you:-)

  26. Roz

    I love figs. They look so pretty in that picture . I think I’d love this with cheese too

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Roz:-) Well it’s taken my several decades to enjoy gooseberries so I feel figs will now be having their turn:-)

  27. The Beesley Buzz

    I adore figs! My fig tree finally started to bear decent fruit this year so net year i may even get enough figs to try this recipe. x

    1. Camilla

      To think my old neighbour had a fig tree and I just wasn’t into figs back then!

  28. Choclette

    This jam looks totally glorious Camilla. I love figs in pretty much any format. I was surprised at what a lovely colour fig jam turned out to be when I made it a couple of years ago.

    1. Camilla

      Thanks Choclette, yes it’s a lovely rich pink colour:-)

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