Black Mission Fig Jam

This recipe was given to me by an American friend of mine about fifteen years ago; we ate it at Christmas in San Francisco.  At that time, you couldn’t get dried black Mission figs in London, so I was unable to try the recipe out when I got home, but they’re quite widely available now, so I thought I’d share the recipe.


  • 3 tblsp minced shallots
  • 2 x 3” thyme sprigs plus 1/3 tsp minced fresh thyme
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1.5 tblsp unsalted butter
  • ¼ pound dried black Mission figs, finely chopped
  • ¾ cup Port
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp pepper

6oz soft mild goat’s cheese

24 small thin crackers of your choice


Cook shallots, thyme sprigs, bay leaf and butter in a pan over a low heat until shallot is softened, add figs, Port, salt and pepper; bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer until liquid has evaporated.  Remove springs of thyme and bay leaf; stir in minced thyme, adjust seasonings.

Spread the goat’s cheese on crackers, and top with the warm fig jam.


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