Figgy Bourbon Refrigerator Jam

This is the recipe that got Scott to love figs. I have always had eyes for figs, even those silly Fig Newtons.

And once I had fresh figs sauteed in a little butter and sugar, I thought that was heaven.

Figs are in season now and I purchased a little pint of them to have for dessert one evening.

Scott wasn’t impressed.  He would eat them, he said, but figs weren’t something he would get excited about or look forward to.

Oh really?

The glove was thrown down.  I accepted this challenge and thought about how to make figs exciting for him.

Andrea’s Figgy Bourbon Refrigerator Jam

  • 12oz or One Pint of Fresh Figs
  • 3/4C Water, Plus another 1/4C
  • 1/4C Bourbon of your Choice
  • 2tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 2TBSP Dark Brown Sugar
  • 1/4tsp Ground Cinnamon

Split the figs in half and cut off the stem.  To a small sauce pan add, 3/4C water, figs, brown sugar, and cinnamon.

Bring to a simmer and simmer until the figs are tender and cooked through, about 10 minutes.  Remove from heat and place contents in a blender.  Add the other 1/4C water and blend until smooth.

The jam will be thick.

Scoop the contents out of the blender and back into the sauce pan.  Add in the vanilla and the bourbon and stir.  Heat pan over a medium-low heat just to thicken everything up a little more.  About 2-3 minutes.

Remove from heat and pour into a glass container to cool.  You can either eat immediately or cover in an airtight container and keep in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.

The bourbon flavor is prominent in this jam so you best like bourbon when you make it! It’s slightly sweet from the added brown sugar and has a nice vanilla background to it.

No canning involved since it’s refrigerator jam, it’s simple and super quick to make!

Guess who is excited about figs now?  Someone couldn’t keep his hands off this jam and demanded we get more figs at the store.

Figs 1, Scott 0.  WIN!

Other ideas for the jam:

You can eat it straight up on crackers or biscuits.  Or pair with a lovely extra sharp cheddar.

Maybe a little brie and prosciutto?

Or heck, drizzle a little on top of some vanilla ice cream!

However you choose to eat it, I’m pretty sure it will be tasty.

Have fun guys, and remember always play with your food!  Enjoy!


4 thoughts on “Figgy Bourbon Refrigerator Jam

  1. Yum! My Scott didn’t think he liked figs either until he had a real one last year. He said “what IS this” when he picked up a fig. Because he had only seen fig newtons or whatever (which–for the record, I’ve always liked, too)!

  2. I really like fig spreads. This may sound weird but I think it’s really good on a turkey sandwich! Maybe it’s not too weird since those leftover-theme thanksgiving sandwiches are popular right now and they have cranberry sauce – sort of the same! This sounds even better because it has bourbon in it – yum!

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