My parents have the most amazing fig tree in their garden. A couple of years ago while I was visiting them in Los Angeles for the weekend, I harvested over 12 pounds of ripe figs from that one tree.
I gave away nine pounds of figs to joyful friends, and from the remaining three pounds I made jam. Not just any old kind of jam... I made fig jam with cognac from this recipe.
I'm not a great lover of jam. I have a fondness for cherry preserves or a good pot of blueberry jam, but as for all the rest -- I can take it or leave it. This fig jam, however... I can eat it by the spoonful straight out of the jar.
Last year, with a new baby, I skipped jam making, however, when my parents showed up last Thursday for a visit, they brought 5 pounds of figs. I bought a set of bright, new canning jars and got busy...
And I made jam! Would you care to join me for some tea and toast and... fig jam?