Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 30 mins

Sweet fig goodness with a warming hint of vanilla. Use to fill cookies, cakes top a slice of toast or a grilled pork or chicken... Check this thread for step x step directions and photos

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a large pot place sugar, vanilla pod and the seeds into the figs, lemon juice, zest and meat of lemon. Do squeeze any juice from the peels into the sugar and figs.
  2. Stir to release juices it will be thick. Simmer over low heat stirring not to burn. Juices will come and when it does raise heat to high stirring most of the time.
  3. When it hits a rolling boil for 15 minutes all the time stirring add liquor cook 1 minute.
  4. Pour into sterile jars and process 10 minutes.
  5. Optional for those that like it smoother without chunks you can blend thee figs before adding to sugar or use an immersion blender while cooking.


Most Helpful

This was so easy and good. I am in Seattle and my figs ripen with green skins , so i peeled most of the skins off.(I think they are Desert Figs). I used Vanilla sugar and a little Apricot Brandy and Vanilla extract. So good!

lisabrody August 17, 2009

These are the best fig preserves ever. I have a large fig tree and as they ripen I pick and make several batches. I cut the sugar in half and they are still very naturally sweet. I make them in chunks to pour over grilled chicken and also pureed for toast. Very easy and fast to make.

cindy w. October 16, 2007

I also did not have a vanilla pod so I added 2 tbsp. of pure vanilla extract, and I blended the preserves as well but left in a few bigger pieces. It tastes very nice right out of the pot. We look forward to having it on toast!

Irmgard September 28, 2007

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