Balsamic Fig Jam with Star Anise


This easy, sweet and savory jam is made from fresh figs, along with a mild and fragrant licorice flavor from star anise. Star anise has a mild and fragrant licorice flavor, it adds another dimension to the fig jam, it works especially well with traditional fall and winter recipes.

All of the ingredients are combined at the beginning of cooking to allow the flavors to develop during the short cooking time.  Star anise, dry mustard, and fresh rosemary lend their savory notes and round out the jam’s flavor.  A few pulses in the food processor turn the cooked fig mixture into a spreadable jam. Yummy…

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1 1/2 lbs fresh figs, stemmed and quartered

1/2 cup balsamic vinegar

1 to 2 sprigs of rosemary

1 cup sugar

1/2 cup water

2 teaspoons dry mustard

1/2 to 1 whole star anise pod

2 tablespoons bottled lemon juice

Pinch of salt

Wash the figs, remove the stems, and cut into halves.  Bring all ingredients to a boil in a wide, 12-inch nonstick skillet over medium heat.

Reduce heat to medium-low and maintain a gentle simmer, stirring occasionally, until rubber spatula leaves a distinct trail when dragged across the bottom of the skillet, simmering time, 45 minutes to an hour.



Remove from heat, discard rosemary and star anise, add in lemon juice.  Transfer jam to food processor and pulse until uniformly chunky.  Let jam cool slightly.





Jam can be refrigerated for up to 2 months.

Recipe inspired by ATK

Enjoy every spoonful!




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