The last of the fall crop of figs are still ripening on the branch, before the first frost saps them of their sweetness. Harvest them while you can! Just a few dozen figs yield a jar of this amazing compote. Use the familiar Black Mission or Brown Turkey for a deep maroon spread, or a green fig like Peter’s Honey for an amber treat.
Because figs are low in acid, this recipe is not intended to be processed using the water-bath canning method. Just make it a jar or two at a time, and store it in the refrigerator. Like the figs themselves, whose season is short, this treat is meant to be savored in the moment, and cannot be kept beyond its allotted time. Serve it with goat cheese spread on crackers, dollop it into oatmeal, or spoon it over ice cream for a luxurious spoon treat.
Makes one 8 ounce jar
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