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Fig Jam

August 3, 2017

Gourmet Girl Does Real Estate

Fresh figs can be found this time of year in the produce section at some gourmet groceries stores or farmers markets.  Believe it or not there are about 6 different types of figs:  Black Mission Figs, Brown Turkey Figs, Adriatic Figs (also called white figs), Calimyrna Figs, and Kodota Figs which are less sweet than the other figs.

Figs in basket

I found the Brown Turkey Figs, and they are very sweet.  Figs are one of those fruits that can be used for so many things.  You use them in a salad, on a cheese platter freshly cut or in jam form like this recipe.  you can also use it to baste on a pork tenderloin or chop.  It would also be really great with lamb.  And of course my original intent when I bought the figs was to braise them in a port and serve over ice cream, but I decided I would make this jam instead.

Figs with Sugar for Jam

I hope you enjoy this recipe!  If you like it, I would love to have you comment on my blog post for this recipe.


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Fig Jam
Fig Jam
Gourmet Girl Does Real Estate
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Gourmet Girl Does Real Estate
  1. Cut the top part of the stem off of the figs and dice.
  2. Place the figs in a large bowl with the sugar and mix. Set in the refrigerator for one hour.
  3. Place the fix and sugar mixture in a sauce pan and turn on medium to medium low heat.
  4. Add the zest of the 2 lemons along with their juice.
  5. Add the rest of the ingredients and cook for approximately 30 minutes or until the mixture thickens. Frequent stir until done.
  6. I personally like to keep the jam chunky, but if you wanted it more smooth you could put the jam in a food processor to puree if you wanted.
  7. Once done, you can store in mason jars and refrigerate. The jam should last like most other jams because of the acidity of the lemons and balsamic vinegar.
Recipe Notes

Ways to use my fig jam:

  • Serve with a cheese platter
  • Serve over ice cream
  • Serve on toast
  • Make PBJs
  • Baste over pork or lamb
  • Great gift idea in mason jars
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Drinks, Gift Ideas, Holiday Recipes

Creamy Limoncello

December 29, 2015

I have been wanting to make Limocello for awhile now, and finally decided to make it this year as Christmas gifts.  I made several batches until I came up with the one I liked the most and thought I would share my recipe with you.  I personally like the Creamy Limocello version much better.   Make sure you have some time when you decide you want to make it.



  • 12 lemons
  • one 750 ml bottle of your favorite vodka or everclear
  • 3 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 2 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract



  1. You can use a potato peeler or paring knife to peel the lemon, but I found that a paring knife is easier.  Try both to see which one you like the best.  Some people use a zester as well.
  2. Peel all 12 lemons and try to use the knife to remove as much of the pith (white part of the lemon peel) as you can.
  3. Place the peels in a large canning jar or ice tea container that has a lid on it.
  4. Pour the vodka or everclear in the jar and close the lid tightly.
  5. Place in a dark spot for 5 to 6 days.
  6. Heat milk and sugar in a sauce pan over medium heat until the mixture because a syrup (approximately 5 to 10 minutes).
  7. Let the syrup cool down to room temperature the pour the mixture into the same jar as the peels and vodka or everclear.  Stir the mixture together and then close the lid.
  8. Place in a dark place again for approximately 1 to 2 days and then pour into your favorite container(s).
  9. Because this recipe has milk in it, make sure you place in the refrigerator afterwards.

If you like Lemon Drop cocktails, you will love this.  This is best served with chilled glasses (shot glasses or small that liqueur glasses).  Garnish with fresh or candied lemons.

See my Limoncello Cake recipe as well.