The amount of 'loose fruit' in my neighborhood right now is insane. It's a residential 'hood with lots of fruit trees. Plum, apple, pear, hazelnut, and figs abound.
Yesterday I made a batch of fig jam from two pounds of figs gathered from a neighborhood tree. I did an ethically dodgy thing. I didn't ask permission. But, but, but ... the fruit was practically falling from the branches.
I feel like It's my DUTY to see scavenged fruit loved & appreciated.
So I made fig jam. I adapted/lifted the recipe from Epicurious.com. It's easy and relatively fool-proof.
2 pounds figszest of one lemon
2 cups sugar
1/2 cup brandy
1/2 tspn Kosher salt
Quarter the figs.
Using a potato peeler (or mad knife skillz) remove the lemon zest -- yellow layer only, no white.
Julienne the zest.
Combine all ingredients and bring to a boil, stirring constantly, until the sugar dissolves.
Cook for three hours (more or less) on low heat until thick and jam-like. Periodically break up the large bits with a potato masher.
I was pickling at the same time so I sterilized a few extra jars and lids. Put the jam in jars with sterile lids and enjoy.
It tastes like a delicious version of the inside of a Fig Newton. I'll use it as a glaze or put it on a cheese or charcuterie plate.
Eat well and love big.