Fresh figs are one of my favorite summer treats. I love to eat them fresh with a touch of honey. Figs are easy to preserve for enjoying after the growing season. Try this jam with fresh bread, goat cheese, and a glass of wine – a great combination for an intimate cocktail party or gathering of friends.


  • 1/2 lemon, seeded and finely chopped
  • 1 1/2 pounds ripe figs, stems removed and cut in half
  • 2 1/4 cups sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 cup walnuts


  1. Mash or cut figs to desired consistency. I like them a bit on the chunky side.
  2. Combine lemon, figs, sugar and spices. Cover and allow to stand for about 2 hours to draw the juice. Give the mixture a stir now and then to help dissolve the sugar.
  3. Once the mixture reaches the consistency of jam, remove from heat and stir in walnuts. You may also find it helpful to use a candy thermometer to test the figs readiness. It should read 200 degrees F.
  4. Pour mixture into hot, clean jars and cover tightly.