Breakfast Feature Jems

Fig Jam

Homemade jam is one of those things that can seem daunting to make. I’m sure those of us who are 70s & 80s babies remember our moms, grandmothers & aunties making homemade jams or canning fruits and vegetables. I remember thinking it was a lot of work and took too much time.  I don’t have that same belief after making this fruit jam recipe for the last few years.  It’s a very simple jam recipe to pull together. So simple that I am confident you’ll start to make your own jam recipes more often than not.

I’ve made this recipe with berries in the past,  but this year I decided to use figs and the results were great.  One of the fun things about this jam is that you can use it on biscuits or croissants or to complement a cheese and cracker plate. It’s one  of versatile jams that I expect to make again and again.



Fig Jam


Fig Jam


One 16 ounce package of black figs (peeled)


1 cup sugar


The juice of one lemon( 2-3 tablespoons of lemon juice)


1 teaspoon of vanilla extract




Small Jar (sterilized)


Potato masher or fork

Add the peeled figs to your skillet and mash them with a fork or potato masher. Add the sugar and lemon juice. On medium-high heat cook the figs, sugar and lemon juice until they reach a boil, about 5 minutes. Once the mixture begins to boil reduce the heat to medium heat. Cook until the mixture begins to thicken, about 15 minutes stirring the entire time. Once the thickening occurs, remove from the heat then immediately at to your sterilized jar. Seal the jar, then refrigerate until set. Enjoy!

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  • Reply
    David @ Spiced
    August 28, 2015 at 6:33 am

    I love how you post the most iconic Southern recipes! Fig jam is right up there on the list for me. My grandfather had a huge fig tree growing next to his garage in upstate South Carolina, and I remember him having a cabinet full of jars of homemade fig jam! This looks delicious…and thanks for the memories!

    • Reply
      August 28, 2015 at 8:59 am

      Hi David! Your comment really made my day!! I love that this jam brought back sweet memories from time with your granddad. That means so much to me because that’s what I want Jem of the South to do, create new memories and have us to reflect on the past, sweet ones with our loved ones. Have a great weekend! 🙂

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    September 15, 2015 at 6:55 am

    Yum! I can’t wait to try making this as well- surely a quintessential recipe. Thanks for sharing.

    • Reply
      September 15, 2015 at 8:32 pm

      I’d love to hear how the recipe turns out if you make it Debi! 🙂

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    October 4, 2015 at 10:47 am

    Hello, Tamara!
    Not being from the South, could you please comment as to what the best way to use fig jam would be? I can think of a couple ways, such as over cream cheese, but what is a good southern recipe with fig jam, in your opinion?
    Thank you!
    from Michigan

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      October 4, 2015 at 12:14 pm

      Hey Jessie! You can use fig jam just like any other jam! I love eating it on toast, homemade biscuits or popovers. Over cream cheese sounds awesome as well!

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