How To Make Spiced Fig and Apple Jam

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Ingredients: Spiced Fig and Apple Jam Recipe

Photo of Figs2 lb / 1,000 grams of dried figs
6 lb / 2,700 grams of cooking apples (Bramleys is an ideal choice)
5 lb / 2,300 grams of white sugar
47 fl oz / 1,400 ml of tap water
3 lemons
1/2 teaspoon of grated nutmeg (or nutmeg powder)
1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon powder
1/4 teaspoon of ground cloves

Method - What To Do

Trim the stalks from the dried figs, using a sharp knife or a pair of scissors. Place the figs to one side and then wash the apples, before coring, peeling and slicing them. The apples and figs now need to be combined to make a kind of mincemeat mixture. This can be achieved by either lots of chopping, a quick blend in a food processor or by mincing the fruit.

Photo of Cider ApplesPlace the mixed dried figs and apples into a deep enamel or metal pan, and then add the grated rind and juice of the three lemons, as well as the grated nutmeg, the cinnamon powder, the ground cloves and the water. Cook for roughly 20 minutes, so that the fruit has become soft and more tender. During this time, it will be necessary to stir every now and again, to prevent any sticking or burning.

Take the mixture away from the heat and mix in all of the sugar. If you prefer a seedless jam, then before adding the sugar, rub the cooked fruit through a sieve to remove all of the fig seeds and leave a smoother 'sauce'. Mix in the sugar until it is all dissolved and then place the fig and apple mixture back onto a slightly stronger heat, allowing it to reach a rolling boil for five minutes.

After this time, your jam should have reached its desirable setting point. Test for this using a cold plate and a dollop of the jam, waiting for a minute to see if it begins to set and form itself a skin. If not, carry on boiling for a few more minutes and then test once again.

When your jam is ready to set, take the pan away from the cooker and leave the mixture to cool for 15 minutes. This will result in a better distribution of the fruit in the jars, as the mixture will be thicker when it is spooned in. Before ladling the jam into your sterilised jars, quickly skim off any potentially unsightly residue that remains on the surface.

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