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One of my favorite combinations is fig jam or paste with aged cheese, so I made a batch of spiced fig jam so we can enjoy it with wedges of aged Pecorino cheese after dinner.
Tie the cinnamon sticks and cloves in a square of cheesecloth. Combine the figs, sugar, and water in a large, heavy sauce pan. Drop in the bag of spices and bring the mixture slowly to a boil, stirring until sugar dissolves. Cook over low heat until the mixture has become very thick, about 45 minutes to an hour, stirring frequently to prevent scorching. You can, if you wish, use a stick immersion blender to blend in any of the fig skins that haven’t broken down. Add lemon juice, remove the spice bag and cook 1 minute longer. Pour the hot jam into hot sterilized jars, leaving 1/4″ head space. Adjust caps. Process 10 minutes in boiling water bath.
Makes about 5 pints.
If you are lucky enough to live where the cherries are aplenty I advise you to print out this Sweet Cherry Vanilla Jam recipe and tape it somewhere that you will not forget about it when the cherries come into season! Or you can use frozen cherries like I did.
This recipe was made using the new Ball Jam & Jelly Maker but you can make it the traditional way also.
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