Thursday, August 4, 2011

Thomas Keller's Fig Jam and Summer Heat

The humidity is thick, the air is stagnant, I am being too kind, the air is dead.  My photo cannot escape it either, it's impossible.

We just grabbed a bottle of wine, cut a wedge of blue cheese, wild boar sausage, and fresh fig jam.  If you have not enjoyed jam with cheese, you are missing out on something special.  Fig jam is particularly special with blue cheese.


Thomas Keller's Fig and Balsamic Jam
Makes 2-1/2 cups
Recipe from ad hoc at home

Ingredients:
2 pounds figs, preferably Black Mission or Kadota, stems removed and coarsely chopped
1-1/2 cups granulated sugar
1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
1 teaspoon black peppercorns, tied into a sachet
Fresh lemon juice

Directions:
Combine the figs, sugar, balsamic vinegar, and sachet into a large saucepan and attach a candy thermometer to the pan.  Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat, then lower the heat to maintain a gentle simmer and cook, stirring to break up the larger pieces of fig, keeping a chunky consistency, until the jam reaches 215 degrees F.  Remove from the heat.

Remove the sachet and stir in lemon juice to taste.  Spoon the jam into a canning jar or other storage container, cover, and let cool to room temperature, then refrigerate for up to 1 month.

Enjoy!




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39 comments:

Nutmeg Nanny said...

I feel for ya....it's gross here too. The fig jam looks awesome...yum!

The Japanese Redneck said...

I made tons of fig jam this year and now all the figs are gone....

I'll have to try and remember this next year.

wild boar sausage....never seen that here

neither the hubby or I can get past the smell of most blue cheese

Susan said...

Cheese and jam...love it! But where did you get the wild boar sausage?

Mimi said...

It's hot here too this summer and to beat the heat we often have just a loaf of fresh bread and wine for dinner on the patio. This fig jam is awesome. I planted a fig tree this year, so I'll be saving this recipe.
Mimi

Cooking Creation said...

I'm dealing with the same weather today. YUCK! Your photo still looks lovely and I bet this tasted great!

Anonymous said...

well that's a new way to make fig jam. I still have some figs, so I can give it a try. Kat at the Compound

That Girl said...

Fig jam sounds just perfect for cheese and some crusty bread

Rambling Tart said...

I love jam with cheese! :-) Such a perfect pairing of sweet and savory. :-)

From the Kitchen said...

Perfect for a hot day--or a cold day!

Best,
Bonnie

Claudia said...

I love (and have) fig jam - but will definitely try this - at last - a Keller recipe that is accessible! Actually your dinner - is my favorite way to eat!

backroadjournal said...

I have same fig jam, of course it isn't as nice as Thomas Keller's. Friends brought us a lovely wedge of blue cheese. If I buy a loaf of crusty bread, I think I have made dinner. Great idea. I hope everyone living with the hot weather gets some relief soon.

From Beyond My Kitchen Window said...

What a neat recipe. I will definitely try this. Anytime I have served figs, everyone thinks I have gone to a lot of trouble.

The Harried Cook said...

This jam sounds divine! I am bookmarking this recipe... Thomas Keller is awesome, and I am sure this lives up to his reputation :) Thanks for sharing it!

Kitchen Belleicious said...

Love the idea of cheese and jam! This is amazing and so simple but yet I bet it tastes so complex! WOW

We Are Not Martha said...

Yum! I have a fig spread on my "to-make" list. Everything looks so good on this plate :) And Thomas Keller is the man!

Sues

Mary Lee said...

Never heard of that! I picked some figs yesterday to try the fig sorbet recipe I saw in newspaper. Now you tempt me with this.

Care's Kitchen said...

it brings a tear to my eye...it's beautiful.

The Country Cardinal said...

This looks soooo good! And I just got a second fig tree!

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

How beautiful! I wish I lived where figs were plentiful and didn't cost a fortune for a tiny box that traveled across several thousand miles to arrive in the Midwest.

What an amazing treat this must be.

Hungry Dog said...

I could eat fig jam with too many things to count! Thanks for posting this.

teresa said...

oh that is my kind of meal, i love the jam.

Rebecca from Chow and Chatter said...

looks delicious and hope it cools for you FL must be really hot, have a fun rest of the weekend

Beth said...

I love fig preserves with cheese! I haven't tried making it though; I bet it's just incredible.

LaDivaCucina said...

Velva, you guys sure know how to live! You know what I like about fig jam? It gives me the excuse to eat more cheese! YUM! What a fabu flavor combo. I think I might head out to get some figs today....have a wonderful Sunday, girl!

Anna and Liz Recipes said...

Hi ! What a nice combo for a jam with some cheese ... has to be soooooo good! Thanks for a great recipe! Anna :)
Love your blog too!

A Feast for the Eyes said...

I've been whining how my tomatoes are pretty much green, because we've had scarce sunshine and temps in the mid 60's for most of the summer. Maybe I shouldn't complain. I'd wilt in your kind of weather conditions. I love me some figs. So, what kind of cocktail did you have with this?

theycallmejane said...

This recipe seems so easy! And my husband loves figs. What a wonderful way to surprise him. He's a brie fan so we'll try it with that. Thanks for the inspiration!

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

That jam must be delicious! I'd love to eat it with cheese.

Cheers,

Rosa

Rita said...

Whata beautiful presentation; it stopped me and I had to go back againg to make sure. Great combination of flavours.
Rita

Sam @ My Carolina Kitchen said...

This sounds fabulous. Love blue cheese and Thomas Keller. Very classy dish Velva.
Sam

Kim said...

This is a very classy snack to enjoy indoors and out of the oppressive heat.

Lori said...

I wish so much I could get my hands on some figs. They are so rare around here. This jam sounds amazing!

~Tablescapes By Diane~ said...

Hi lovely lady.
I love figs sounds so great for a dip in the summer !!! Thanks so much for your lovely comments on my new Tablescape, and becoming my newest follower on my Blog. Im a follower on yours now.
XXOO Diane

Angie's Recipes said...

The fig jam looks terrific! I love some for my breakfast bread!

Jay said...

looks so appetizing n delectable ...:)
Tasty Appetite

Roz from 'la bella vita' said...

I love the pure simplicity of figs with bleu cheese or gorgonzola. Perfection. Hope you're not melting too badly in this heat. I don't even want to go into my garden!

Cathy at Wives with Knives said...

It sounds like you picked the perfect meal for a hot and miserable day. I love fig jam but have never made it, always buy it. My heart goes out to you. I would die in that hot weather.

tasteofbeirut said...

I love fig jam and will keep this recipe in mind for my next batch!

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

I buy a fig butter at a local shop and love it with cheese... I'll bet this is even better! Now, I am intrigued by the wild boar sausage. I'd love to have been sitting at this tasting!

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