Fig Cinnamon Jam



Last holiday season I had this wild ambition to make fig jam for gifts. Little did I know that fig season was long gone and the process for jarring jam was, well, a process. So I set out and googled jarring jam and was totally intimidated about buying a kit and sterilizing the bottles and having to boil them and so on. Basically, it just didn’t seem worth it. And until Caroline bought a canning kit, my opinion stayed the same. She assured me it was going to be easy breezy and, hey, there were two of us–we can handle something as simple as putting stuff in jars. With that, we were on our way. My initial failure of jam stayed with me and I was still determined to make some fig jam. Plus, figs are super cool. I googled some recipes and came across one that added cinnamon. Sold.


We first started by taking the stems off and by cutting them into quarters. If there was a beauty contest for fruit, figs would win hands down.


Fun Fig Fact:  When you pick figs you want them to be super soft. And for jam, the softer the better.

After we quartered them, we combined the water and sugar in a pot until the sugar was dissolved. We then added the lemon zest, lemon juice, cinnamon and threw the figs in. We brought the mixture to a simmer and let it cook for a hour, but definitely check back at the 30 minute mark. You don’t want it to cook down too much or else it’ll be like paste. Not pretty.

LemonZest PotwithJars

When the jam is absolutely perfect, which it will be if you follow this recipe, then fill up three pint jars (we found ours at Target). Caroline bought a jarring kit which has a cage that makes it easy to take the jars out of the boiling water, but I’ve read a few things elsewhere and people do it sans cage all the time. You just have to make sure that the jars don’t fling around in there or bump up against each other…and getting the jars out without the cage is beyond me, but I’m sure it’s possible.

After we left them in boiling water for 5 minutes, they were ready to go. And voilá…jam! We found this jam to be particularly interesting. The cinnamon adds this amazing layer of flavor without being too overpowering. The texture was great, not chunky, but just right.

We’ll be doing a sweet jam giveaway within the next few days so check back!

Fig Cinnamon Jam

Adapted from this recipe

Print this recipe!

2 1/4 cups of sugar
1 1/2 cup of water
3 lbs of black figs (about 30 figs)
1 teaspoon of lemon zest
2 tablespoons of lemon juice
2 cinnamon sticks

Combine the sugar and the water in a large pot and heat until the sugar is dissolved.

Meanwhile, quarter the figs. Add the figs and the rest of the ingredients into the pot with the sugar water, and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat, and simmer for 1 hour, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and allow the jam to cool. Spread on everything you can find, or eat directly with a spoon.


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  • Reply Mel October 1, 2009 at 9:05 am

    this. looks. delicious.

  • Reply Mel October 1, 2009 at 9:06 am

    Also I would like to add, Figs rule.

  • Reply Ryan October 1, 2009 at 10:43 am

    “Figga WHAAA?!?”

  • Reply Setu October 3, 2009 at 1:52 pm

    I’m going to make this today! My mom is having a brunch for her girlfriends so maybe it’ll be good for that… I’ll let you know how it goes.
    Miss you!

  • Reply Setu October 4, 2009 at 2:18 pm

    It turned out fantastic! Thanks girls!

  • Reply Saray November 11, 2009 at 7:14 pm

    I wish that figs were in season every day. They are super yummy and I love this recipe. Thanks so much for sharing. How long can you keep the fig spread before it expires? Great pics! You guys rock!

  • Reply Adrianna November 11, 2009 at 7:29 pm

    Saray, If it was canned properly and unopened, the jam will probably last for a year or so. If opened, then it probably will last a good 4-6 months. But don’t worry, this jam is so amazing it’ll be gone in no time! Thanks for stopping by!

  • Reply Silvia February 18, 2010 at 1:29 pm

    k81Dsz I am always excited to visit this blog in the evenings.Please churning hold the contents. It is very entertaining.

  • Reply karen July 20, 2010 at 10:56 am

    How long can you keep figs in referigertor after picking before canning.
    I make mine with strawberry jello and they are wonderful

  • Reply Adrianna July 23, 2010 at 6:58 pm

    Hi Karen–It depends how soft they are. If they’re pretty firm, they should keep (in a paper bag) about a week. But if they’re soft and mushy, they’re meant to be eaten/used right away. Hope that helps!

  • Reply Wat September 24, 2010 at 5:59 pm

    I followed this recipe to a T, but would consider cutting the amount of sugar used in this recipe down by 1/4 of a cup. Figs, especially ripe ones, are sweet on their own. Let their natural sugar do the talking!

  • Reply Gia October 20, 2011 at 3:05 pm

    Hi there – I’m planning on trying this recipe for your wonderful looking fig jam soon. However, I have just one question: Does “1/2 lemon juice” indicate a half teaspoon, or half of a lemon? Thanks!

    • Reply Adrianna October 21, 2011 at 7:04 am

      All fixed now!

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