Gourmet fig jam on your charcuterie board doesn't have to be a sugar bomb. Make it lectin and sugar free with just four ingredients. Get the recipe.
Fig jam! It's that trendy spread on charcuterie boards across the world. The sweet fruit spread adds a lively sophistication and another dimension to crackers layered with meat, cheese, and pickled things. But those fig jams in the gourmet case are loaded with sugar. I'll show you how to get that same delicious taste with zero added sugar and just four easy ingredients.
We're going to use fresh figs for this recipe. They're lusciously sweet on their own. And we're not even going to bother peeling them. Did I mention how easy this jam is to make?
Of course, the health benefits of figs are vast. Not only are they rich in fiber, but they also are a good source of vitamin B6, copper, pantothenic acid (B5), potassium, and they have an insulin lowering effect. Of course they're also lectin free! In season, figs are one of those fruits I can't get enough of because they remind me of my childhood.
Growing up a dentist's daughter, I was allowed very few sugary treats. As a special sweet treat, my mom served my brother and me canned figs "up" in long stemmed sundae dishes. Figs this way were so fancy it made us believe we were eating something way naughtier than just figs. Additionally, we didn't get many packaged cookies, but Fig Newtons were allowed occasionally. So figs, for me, are a walk down memory lane.
Now let's get to making this delicious fig jam, so you can get it onto your cheese board for the next big game or gathering.
LFG Sugarless Fig Jam
15-20 Fresh Whole Black Figs
1/3 C Erythritol Granules
2 T Lemon Juice
3 C Water
Step 1: Remove Fig Stems
Wash the figs well, then twist or cut the stems off and discard.
Step 2: Boil Ingredients
In a medium saucepan, bring all ingredients to a boil. Reduce to simmer, for about 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, liquid should reduce by more than half and become very thick. Watch to make sure liquid doesn't deplete too soon. If needed, add a little more water.
Step 3: Mix in Food Processor
Transfer entire contents of saucepan into the bowl of a food processor fitted with sharp blade. Pulse approximately 10 times until the mixture is well blended and looks like jam in the picture.
Serve this fig jam with your next cheese or charcuterie board. Spread it on crackers with triple cream brie and microgreens. To make the sourdough "ry krackers" in this picture, download my e-cookbook SOURDOUGH RISING!