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Citrusy Fig & Almond Jam

Citrusy Fig & Almond Jam
  • YIELD: 2 servings

I had a container of fresh Mission figs that I decided to experiment with. I want to make a quick jam to layer on a plum galette (rustic fruit tart). My experiment was a total success! I will make this again, because it was super easy. This would also taste delicious on melted brie.

Ingredients

1 container fresh Mission figs (about 12-15 figs)
½ cup sugar
zest of one small orange
juice of one small orange (about ¼ cup)
2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
¼ cup Ruby Red Port (optional, but takes it to a new level)
¼ cup almonds, toasted and finely ground

Directions

Cut the fresh figs in half, and scoop out the meat. In a small pot, add the fig filling, orange zest and orange juice and sugar. Bring to a boil on medium-high heat and watch closely. Reduce to a simmer, and add balsamic vinegar to taste. On a whim, I added some leftover Ruby Red Port which made this jam exceptionally delicious. Allow to simmer until it thickens, about 10 minutes. In the meantime, toast the almond in a dry skillet until just fragrant-- 2-3 minutes. In a mini-chopper, grind to be very fine. Add to the fig jam and refrigerate for at least 1/2 hour. This jam is ideal to use as a layer on top of a tart or pie crust, when making a plum tart. This not only helps the crust to not become soggy, but it pairs beautifully with Italian prunes or plums. This is so delicious, I plan to make more, as soon as I can find more fresh figs. Loved this! I bet this would be delicious on melted brie.

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