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Fig and Thyme Jam

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You’ve stumbled upon a unique recipe – Fig and Thyme Jam. Imagine spreading this homemade, sweet and savory jam on warm toast. Picture biting into a soft cheese paired with this jam. Intrigued? You’re in the right place! We’ll walk you through the process, the ingredients you’ll need, and tips on storage. Let’s dive into this culinary adventure and create a jam that’s sure to impress your taste buds and your guests.

The Unique Combination of Fig and Thyme


You’re diving into the unique combination of fig and thyme, a blend that’s surprisingly delicious and aromatic. It’s not just a jam, it’s an experience. Imagine the sweet, luscious taste of ripe figs, contrasted with the earthy, savory notes of thyme. Together, they create a flavor profile that’s both complex and comforting. You can spread it on your morning toast, dollop it on your cheese board, or use it to glaze your roast. It’s versatile and pairs well with a variety of foods. You’ll find that the slightly sweet, slightly savory combination is addictive. It’ll make you rethink your usual jam choices. So, why not give it a try? You might find that fig and thyme jam becomes your new favorite.

Essential Ingredients for Fig and Thyme Jam

While you’re preparing to make your own fig and thyme jam, it’s crucial that you have ripe figs, fresh thyme, sugar, and lemon juice on hand. The figs are the star of your jam, so make sure they’re at their peak of ripeness. This ensures a sweet, vibrant flavor. Don’t skimp on the thyme. Its earthy, slightly lemony taste will cut through the sweetness of the figs and add a unique twist. Your sugar is going to help preserve the jam, and the lemon juice, apart from adding a tangy note, will also act as a natural pectin to help your jam set. So, gather your ingredients and let’s get cooking!

Step-by-Step Process of Making Fig and Thyme Jam

Now that you’ve gathered your ingredients, let’s dive right into the step-by-step process of making your own fig and thyme jam. First, you’ll need to wash and quarter your figs. Then, toss them in a pot with sugar, lemon juice, and sprigs of thyme. You’ll want to bring this mixture to a boil until the sugar’s dissolved. It’s important to stir regularly so nothing sticks. When it’s boiling, reduce the heat and let it simmer. This is when the magic happens! The figs will break down and the mix will start to thicken. After about an hour, remove the thyme sprigs. Put the jam in sterilized jars and there you have it! Your homemade fig and thyme jam.

Serving and Pairing Suggestions for Fig and Thyme Jam

Your homemade fig and thyme jam pairs perfectly with artisanal cheeses, and it’s also a delightful topping for warm, toasted bread. You’ve spent time carefully balancing the sweetness of the figs with the subtle, herbal notes of the thyme. Now, it’s time to let it shine in a variety of culinary applications.

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Try it with a sharp, aged cheddar or a creamy brie. You’ll find it’s a match made in heaven. You could also slather it on a fresh baguette or a crusty sourdough. It’s the perfect addition to a brunch spread or a picnic basket. And don’t forget about desserts! A dollop on a scoop of vanilla ice cream or a drizzle over a cheesecake can be the sweet surprise your guests didn’t know they needed. Enjoy your creation!

Storing and Shelf-Life of Fig and Thyme Jam

In terms of storing your homemade fig and thyme jam, you’ll want to keep it in a cool, dark place to prolong its shelf-life. If you’re using a traditional canning method, your jam could last up to a year, but you’ll want to check it regularly for signs of spoilage. Sealed jars should be stored in a cool, dark pantry or cupboard, away from heat sources. Once opened, you’ll need to refrigerate it and use within a month. If you notice a change in color, smell, or texture, it’s best to err on the side of caution and toss it out. Your jam’s lifespan can also be extended by using sterilized jars. Remember, it’s all about enjoying your homemade treat safely.

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Fig and Thyme Jam

You've stumbled upon a unique recipe – Fig and Thyme Jam. Imagine spreading this homemade, sweet and savory jam on warm toast. Picture biting into a soft cheese paired with this jam. Intrigued? You're in the right place! We'll walk you through the process, the ingredients you'll need, and tips on storage. Let's dive into this culinary adventure and create a jam that's sure to impress your taste buds and your guests.
Prep Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Course Breakfast


  • 1 jam jar sterilised in boiling water


  • 400 g figs washed quartered, woody tips removed
  • 265 g granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp dried thyme or fresh if you can get hold of it
  • Half a lemon


  • Tip your prepared figs into a large saucepan, add the sugar, thyme and lemon juice and stir everything together to combine. Leave to sit at room temperature for at least an hour to soften the fruit. When you return the fruit will be suspended in a beauitful dusky pink syrup.
  • Place the pan on medium heat and bring to the boil as you stir. Once you can feel all the sugar has dissolved into a syrup, increase the heat to high. Place a saucer in the freezer (no, I’ve not gone crazy, this is a legit instruction)
  • Keep stirring as the jam boils – there may be foam on the surface so just scrape that off into a handy bowl with a spoon.
  • Once the jam starts feel thicker and the bubbles are volcanic – bigger and slower – the jam is nearly ready. Take your freezer saucer and top it with a spoonful of jam. Let it sit for a minute then gently push your finger against it to see if it wrinkles, and run your finger through it – if the two sides flow together it needs a bit longer. If they stay separate, it is ready.
  • Take the jam off the heat and leave it for a couple of minutes so it can settle.
  • Sterilise your clean jam jars for 10 minutes in a big pan of boiling water. Once ready, let them airdry on a towel.
  • Fill the jars with jam, screw on the lid tightly then either store or eat some

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I Use Dried Figs Instead of Fresh Figs for the Fig and Thyme Jam?

Sure, you can use dried figs instead of fresh ones. They’ll need rehydrating before use, though. Just soak them in warm water until they’re soft. Remember, the flavor might be a bit more concentrated.

What Are the Health Benefits of Consuming Fig and Thyme Jam?

You’re asking about health benefits. Consuming this jam can boost your fiber intake from figs and provide antioxidants from thyme. Additionally, it’s a great source of natural sugars, minerals, and vitamins.

Is It Possible to Make Fig and Thyme Jam Sugar-Free or With Alternative Sweeteners?

Absolutely, you can make any jam sugar-free or with alternative sweeteners. Just substitute the sugar with stevia, honey, or other sweeteners. Remember, it’s all about tailoring it to your personal dietary needs.

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Can Fig and Thyme Jam Be Used in Baking or Cooking Recipes?

Absolutely! You can use it in various recipes. It’s fantastic in pastries, glazes for meats, or even as a topping on desserts. Experiment with it, you’ll find it’s a very versatile ingredient in your cooking.

Are There Any Potential Allergic Reactions to Be Aware of When Consuming Fig and Thyme Jam?

You should be cautious of potential allergies to figs or thyme. If you’ve previously experienced allergic reactions to these, it’s likely you’ll react to any product containing them. Always check ingredients to stay safe.


So there you have it! You’ve successfully created a unique and flavorful fig and thyme jam. It’s a perfect pairing for a variety of dishes and can be stored for future enjoyment. Don’t forget, it also makes a fantastic homemade gift. Keep experimenting with flavors and you’ll discover a world of delicious possibilities. Enjoy your homemade fig and thyme jam and the compliments you’ll get from your impressed guests!

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Meet Sue Perera, the culinary aficionado behind our captivating recipe hub. An imaginative and talented young woman, Sue has an unwavering passion for all things food – especially those aromatic wonders, cinnamon and thyme. Her deep-seated love for these two unique spices inspired the birth of this website, but don't be fooled – her culinary repertoire extends far beyond these two ingredients.
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