Thursday, September 10, 2015

Fresh Fig Spread


The last few days have been foggy. I love the mystique and the mist that comes along with it. The picture above is of Seal Rock. We drive by this state park on our 25 mile trek to Newport where all the shops and action is.


I love the quotes, “sometimes we need the fog to remind ourselves that all of life is not black and white” by Johnathan Lockwood Huie and “that beyond the fog lies clarity”, by anonymous.


Anyway, quick post today about the fig spread that I made for a little get together. I cleaned and quartered the figs and then cooked them on the stove top with water and sugar for about 45 minutes. Cinnamon and fresh lemon juice were added and gave the flavor a little tartness and spice. The consistency was thick and jammy. We served it along with a cheese plate and a baguette. It was very easy to prepare and I must say was a hit.

Ingredients:

12 to 15 fresh figs (rinse, dry and quarter)
¾ to 1 cup water
¼ cup sugar
Pinch of cinnamon
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice

To prepare:
In a medium sized pot add figs and water. Use ¾ amount first, if more is needed, can add later. Cook until boiling, add sugar and stir.


Turn down heat to low, cover and simmer about 45 minutes or until figs are soft and jammy. Remove from heat, add cinnamon and lemon juice, stir. Cover pot with a kitchen towel (to absorb condensation) and let cool completely.


Spoon into glass jar, seal and refrigerate. Good for 7 to 10 days.

*Pairs very well with cheese
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Mysavoryspoon was first started in 2010 as a way to journal recipes that I had collected from cookbooks, magazines, family and friends. Most everything was savory, using legumes and whole grains. Along the way I discovered a love for baking. Now a couple times a month you might see some type of sweet pie or treat.

67 comments:


  1. I love fresh fig..mom often makes curry with raw fig.This is new to me..
    I will try at home.

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    1. I hope you enjoy this Moumita, fresh figs are the best.

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  2. Fig spread is the best -- I love using it for cheese plates!

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    1. Hi Marcie, I agree it is so good with cheese. Thanks!

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  3. I love fig spread or fig jam as I call it. It's SO good with cheese. :)

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    1. Thanks Maureen, that is the way we had it as well, so good.

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  4. I love fig spread, they are the BEST. Your looks absolutely deliocus, Cheri! :)

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  5. We adore fresh figs, but we usually eat them raw or in salads. Your spread looks great, Cheri.

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    1. Thanks Angie, I love them raw as well, they are so good.

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  6. How I wish I could pick fresh figs from a tree in my backyard. I do enjoy fig jam with cheese and spread on toast.

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    1. Hi Val, I enjoy figs like that as well, have a great friday......

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  7. I must try your spread. Normally I purchase it. How wonderful to have fresh figs in your backyard! There is a nice restaurant we visit that, for lunch, serves a fig spread over goat cheese sandwich and it is wonderful.
    Sam

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    1. That sounds really delicious Sam, thanks for stopping by.

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  8. I must try your spread. Normally I purchase it. How wonderful to have fresh figs in your backyard! There is a nice restaurant we visit that, for lunch, serves a fig spread over goat cheese sandwich and it is wonderful.
    Sam

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  9. I'm going to try that, Cheri. We love figs! My fresh market has plenty right now. I love to spread it over cream cheese on toasted grain bread.

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    1. Hope you enjoy this Barbara, have a great week-end!

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  10. i haven't eaten many figs, but i love their texture so i'm sure this would be a hit! delicious creation!

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  11. I Love (with a capital L) so much fresh figs, I would eat this by the spoonful. It looks awesome!

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  12. Looks delicious I love figs and fig spread!!

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  13. Cheri:

    Your beach photos are amazing. Wow, so beautiful. I love your description of the fog, too. Almost as good as being there! The fig spread looks delicious, too. And so simple. Perfect. Have a wonderful weekend and Happy New Year. D

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    1. Thanks Dena, simple is usually better. Happy New Year to you too!

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  14. Goodness - I need to make this! My hubby will love it...and so will I!

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    1. Thanks Ann, the figs have been very good this year.

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  15. Love the beach photos. So serene and peaceful. Your fig spread looks yummy. Thanks for the recipe. Have a lovely weekend Cheri.

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    1. Thanks Linda, I just love the fog. Have a great week-end as well!

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    2. Thanks Linda, I just love the fog. Have a great week-end as well!

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  16. Hi Cheri, this looks so delicious, and delicious as part of your cheese tray. Love your nature shots, sort of like the fog, a rainy day can inspire some reflective thought, and a sense of calm.

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    1. Hi Peggy, I agree, I enjoy our foggy days. Take care!

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  17. This spread sounds lovely with some crackers and cheese - yum! I have been loving the cool morning fog here as well. Your pictures of the foggy beach are just beautiful. I can almost imagine myself there (wishing a little...). I posted a beach picture and mentioned the fog on my 9/11 post as well. Guess we are on the same wave length this week : )

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  18. I know this spread - very similar to my fig jam! I used to make 20+ pints of it every year when I could go to the Boston Haymarket and get crates of figs for almost nothing!

    Also love the fog shots. While I hate a cloudy day (so Arizona of me), I adore foggy days. They are so romantic and mysterious! Enjoy them!

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    1. Hi David, I know foggy days are the best. Take care!

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  19. This looks delicious. Fresh figs are in season now and I can give it a try.
    Amalia
    xo

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  20. Those are gorgeous photos Cheri! I'd be happy to drive anywhere to pass that view. I wish though that I could find the clarity! However the fig spread sounds fabulous!


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  21. Beautiful foggy beach pics, Cheri. This jam looks so delicious and I definitely want to include more figs in my diet. I love the unique dishes you come up with!

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  22. Cheri, lovely nature shots, that´s for sure and incredibly delicious looking Fig Spread - figs are in season around here right now and I just adore eating them as they are or in any other shape or form (like in baked goods) - your spread looks like anothere great way to enjoy them!
    Andrea

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    1. Thanks Andrea, we have been lucky, the figs have been exceptionally good this year.

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  23. Oh I would love that fig spread. Sounds and looks wonderful. I've never heard that quote about fog but I love it. A good foggy morning is okay with me :)

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  24. You have fresh figs already? I just love them. Must start looking for cake recipes to be able to use them when they get to the shops here. Have to admit, I haven't tried them with spices (or at least I don't think so). Will keep your combination in mind for next time!

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    1. Hi Johnny, cinnamon was nice with the dates, though I probably could of used more but I did not want to drown out the figs.

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  25. Seal Rock looks amazing. Your fig spread looks wonderful and I love how it's made with a touch of cinnamon xx

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  26. What a beautiful photo of Seal Rock! You have such beautiful vistas nearby. I know I would love this fig spread, especially with some brie on a cracker - oh my!

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    1. Thanks Susan, that's exactly how we enjoyed it!

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  27. No foggy notions here about how delectable your cinnamon accented figgy spread is =)

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  28. Seal Rock looks beautiful! My neighbor has a fig tree and just gave us a big box full, this fig spread will be perfect! It looks fantastic, Cheri!

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    1. Hi Kelly, you are so lucky, they are like gold around here.

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  29. Those pictures are making me want to come visit the beautiful Oregon Coast again - it's just so beautiful! And the fig spread sounds delicious - I now need to go hunting for figs because I can never seem to find them, and then poof the season is over, so I will definitely be on the lookout for them!

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    1. Hi Phi, I picked up some a Whole Foods and some at Trader Joes, good luck!

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  30. I am saving this recipe for next year when we have figs on our tree. It sounds so flavorful, and I never would have thought of using figs in this way. Thanks so much for the recipe, Cheri!

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  31. I forgot to say, I love the pictures of the fog. So pretty! And the quote goes so well with the pictures.

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