Fig, Port and Rosemary Jam


Serves about 3 cups (enough to fill six ½ cup (125 ml) jars)
¾ cup (175 ml) granulated sugar
1 cup (250 ml) + ¼ cup (60 ml) water, divided, plus extra as needed
¾ cup (175 ml) + ¼ cup (60 ml) port, divided, plus extra as needed
1 lb (454 g) dried Mission figs, stemmed and halved
¼ cup (60 ml) freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 tbsp (15 ml) + 1 tsp (5 ml) finely chopped fresh rosemary leaves, plus 6 sprigs for garnish (optional)
1 pinch salt


  1. In a heavy-bottomed saucepan, combine sugar, 1 cup (250 ml) water, ¾ cup (175 ml) port, figs, lemon juice, rosemary and salt. Bring just to a boil, lower heat and simmer for about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until figs have softened considerably. Allow to cool for 10 minutes.
  2. Using an immersion blender, pulse mixture until smooth, adding a little more water or port to loosen it if necessary. To finish, fold in remaining ¼ cup (60 ml) water and ¼ cup (60 ml) port. Jam should be thick but spreadable.
  3. Divide jam between six ½-cup (125 ml/4 oz) jars and seal with lids. Store in refrigerator for up to 3 weeks. This jam is excellent with cheese. To gift, wrap string around the jar and attach a rosemary sprig, if desired.
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