Fall is one of the great joys of living somewhere with seasons.Growing up in Southern California meant being spoiled with lovely weather all year long. But moving back to Virginia meant I finally had the chance to enjoy the seasons and fall is by far my favorite.
Baking pies, making jam, and a distinct chill that takes over in the air. Exploring glorious fall produce that is fabulous and spicy. Fall means good food and bringing family together. This fall we have been getting back to basics with pure simple recipes inspired by the season. We have so many exciting recipes coming to celebrate fall. We are very excited to get them all posted. Make sure to be checking back for more fall recipes soon.
Jam. Figs. Combine them together and you get an amazing fig jam combo that celebrates fall. Fig jam is suitable for spreading on just about anything and would make a lovely gift. Don’t let the idea of homemade jam scare you. It is not difficult and ever so delicious. Give as a holiday gift or keep it in your fridge. Any way you want. Oh bring us some figgy jam….
3 pounds fresh figs
Juice of 2 lemons
1/2 cup water
1 package Sure-Jell
6 cups sugar
Wash figs and remove stems. Chop coarsely (should yield 5 cups). Measure sugar into container and set aside.
Prepare jelly jars, lids and rings by sterilizing in boiling water for at least 10 minutes. Do this while your jam is cooking.
Put fruit in large saucepan. Stir in lemon juice and water. Stir in Sure-Jell and bring to full boil over high heat, stirring constantly.
Add sugar and stir in. Bring to boil and boil for one minute, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and skim off foam. Ladle into sterilized jars, filling to within 1/2 inch of top. Wipe rim and threads well, then cover with lids and rings.
Place in canner or large saucepan with rack so jars don’t sit directly on bottom of pan. Lower rack into canner (jars must be fully covered by water.) Bring water to gentle boil and boil for 10 minutes. Remove jars and place on towel to cool thoroughly. As jars cool, you should hear a ‘pop’ that indicated the lid has sealed. (Check cooled jars by pressing down on the lid in the center. If the lid springs back it is not sealed, and you will need to refrigerate the jar.)