Fig Paste recipe

One of my absolute favourite thing is Maggie Beer’s Fig Paste. Served with a wedge of soft cheese it’s nothing short of amazing. And as far as I am concerned no cheese platter is complete without it.  Unfortunately my fiance doesn’t like fig paste, and being a man of simple pleasures he simply enjoys cheese as is.  I guess that’s a lucky thing though because it means more fig paste for me!

Recently I wondered about making my own fig paste. I thought surely it can’t be that hard, and well, it’s not.  In fact it’s quite easy and all you need is a little time and you will be rewarded with a delicious abundance of fig paste to enjoy, or even share with your friends.

The important thing with this recipe is to use jam setting sugar. This enables the paste to set properly and have the same consistency of Maggie Beer’s famous pastes. Simply cook the figs and sugar until nice and thick, which is around 3 hours. That doesn’t mean you need to stand over the stove for 3 hours though, an occasional stir is all that is needed.

Serve the paste as part of a cheese platter as it goes wonderfully with soft and hard cheeses.

So tell me, what are your essentials for a good cheese platter?

Fig Paste recipe

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Fig Paste
 
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Adapted from Taste.com.au’s <a title=”Fig and Pear Paste” href=”http://www.taste.com.au/recipes/21769/fig+and+pear+paste” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow” data-mce-href=”http://www.taste.com.au/recipes/21769/fig+and+pear+paste”>Fig and Pear Paste</a>
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Ingredients
  • 12 just-ripe figs, pureed
  • 500g (2¼ cups) jam setting sugar or 2 cups caster sugar and 4¼ tbs powdered pectin
Instructions
  1. Combine the figs puree and sugar in a large saucepan and place over a medium heat. Stir until the sugar dissolves and bring to a simmer. Reduce heat to low and simmer, stirring occasionally for 3 hours, or until the paste is very thick.
  2. Grease the base and sides of 6 ramekins and divide the paste evenly among the ramekins. Smooth the surface and loosely cover with baking paper and leave to set overnight.
  3. Remove from the ramekins and wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate.

 

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  1. Laura (Tutti Dolci) February 29, 2012  10:26 am Reply

    What a perfect addition to a cheese platter! My neighbors have a fig tree so I'll have to pass this on to them to make when they have an abundance of fruit. I like a cheese platter with both hard and soft cheeses, nutty crackers, and some sort of fruit - figs, plums, apricots, grapes...

    • delicieux February 29, 2012  11:50 am Reply

      I agree with you Laura, a range of cheeses is important, as is the addition of fruits. I love sliced pear or apple with cheese too. :)

  2. QueenslandersCU (@QueenslandersCU) February 29, 2012  11:14 am Reply

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  3. Claire @ Claire K Creations February 29, 2012  11:53 am Reply

    Well that does look easy! I love making things at home that I would usually buy. For me a Jindi brie is an essential item on a cheese plate and I've also gotten rather addicted to ritz crackers.

    • delicieux February 29, 2012  1:02 pm Reply

      I love making things I would usually buy too. This is a very economical recipe too because from it you can make 6 portions of the paste, so when you consider that Maggie's fig paste at the supermarket is about $5 each it's a bargain! :D

      It's funny you mention Jindi Brie Claire because that is exactly what I have (and you can see in the photo). I love their Triple Cream. I should also mention that their Triple Cream is vegetarian too (uses no animal rennet).

      • Claire @ Claire K Creations February 29, 2012  1:17 pm

        Wow that is a bargain.

        See I knew we'd get along well... we both love the same cheese! No I didn't know it was vegetarian. Added bonus!

  4. Georgie February 29, 2012  12:04 pm Reply

    I am crazy about this recipe and I can't wait to try it. I love the idea of canning this and giving it to friends as gifts. So glad I signed up for your newsletter. I adore your recipes and one day hope to come to Australia.



    • delicieux March 2, 2012  2:31 pm Reply

      Thank you for your sweet words Georgie. If you do make the fig paste please let me know how you go with it. :)

  5. Nic February 29, 2012  12:16 pm Reply

    I've never made jam but this looks easy and delicious I'll definitely give it a go as it will go perfectly with my homemade cheese!

    • delicieux March 2, 2012  2:38 pm Reply

      Mmm homemade cheese sounds wonderful, and I am sure the two would go beautiful together.

  6. (@bizzylizzycooks) (@bizzylizzycooks) February 29, 2012  12:19 pm Reply

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  7. Lizzy (Good Things) February 29, 2012  12:21 pm Reply

    I love figs, as you know and fig paste is a favourite. I must say, I haven't seen any jam setting sugar around. Where did you get it, Jen?

    • delicieux February 29, 2012  12:50 pm Reply

      Hi Lizzy,

      I actually picked mine up from the supermarket. It's made by CSR. Here's the link http://www.csrsugar.com.au/Specialty/Jam-Setting-Sugar.aspx I hope that helps :)

  8. Matt Stevens (@MattStevensAU) February 29, 2012  1:16 pm Reply

    RT @QueenslandersCU: A simple treat! RT @ledelicieux Fig Paste - a delicious addition to any cheese board http://t.co/IP7RYxLX #recipe #foodies #cheese

  9. beti February 29, 2012  1:44 pm Reply

    You are right, there really is nothing better to pair cheese with and I can't believe that your husband doesn't like it, I have to say that my cheese platters always include prosciutto, figs, chorizo and grapes or strawberries

  10. rabbitfoodrocks (@rabbitfoodrocks) February 29, 2012  2:24 pm Reply

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  11. Ambika February 29, 2012  4:07 pm Reply

    That's such a beautiful platter! Love the fig paste, looks absolutely delicious!

  12. Rosa February 29, 2012  5:00 pm Reply

    Great with cheese! A perfect combination.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

  13. (@lambsearshoney) (@lambsearshoney) February 29, 2012  8:22 pm Reply

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  14. Chanel February 29, 2012  8:51 pm Reply

    I'm so happy to see this recipe, yet a little gutted too! This was what I was making for my Sweet Adventures entry this month but it didn't work or set, so I turned it into something else (which I then didn't post in time anyway).

    Your recipe looks fantastic though, so I definitely want to try again! Thanks :D

  15. Liz February 29, 2012  10:33 pm Reply

    I never even knew fig paste existed...but I adore figs and this looks so fabulous served with brie and crackers. In fact, I could make my dinner out of this amazing snack :)



    • delicieux March 1, 2012  2:48 pm Reply

      I actually had some cheese and fig paste for lunch yesterday :) It was lovely.

  16. Chanel (@CatsLoveCooking) March 1, 2012  8:09 am Reply

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  17. Nic@diningwithastud March 1, 2012  8:13 am Reply

    I adore fig paste with cheese. Could totally eat it for dinner haha

  18. Christie @ Fig & Cherry March 1, 2012  9:14 am Reply

    Totally agree that fig paste is a must on a cheese board! This photo is making me drool Jen!

  19. Kiran @ KiranTarun.com March 1, 2012  9:47 am Reply

    That's a labor of fig paste love! Looks so delish. And your man is truly missing on those delicious flavors :D

    • delicieux March 1, 2012  2:32 pm Reply

      Luckily with him not liking it there's more for me ;)

  20. Anuradha (@bakerstreet29) March 1, 2012  12:40 pm Reply

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  21. thelittleloaf March 1, 2012  7:39 pm Reply

    Gorgeous. We used to serve this at the restaurant I worked in straight after school and it's so good. I've never made my own though so great to have a recipe!

  22. Ameena March 2, 2012  2:23 am Reply

    What a fantastic way to use figs...which I love! Beautiful photos as well.

    • delicieux March 2, 2012  7:01 am Reply

      Thank you so much Ameena :)

  23. Daisy@Nevertoosweet March 2, 2012  3:47 am Reply

    Figs are a new sort of thing to me :) these look great!!! I agree totally perfect for a cheese platter ~ Thanks for sharing!

  24. Shari Wakefield (@GoodFoodWeek) March 2, 2012  8:00 am Reply

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  25. Sara (Belly Rumbles) March 2, 2012  9:49 am Reply

    Cheese is an addiction of mine, I love it. I will most often forgo dessert for a cheese plate when dining out. The addition of dried fruits and my loved fig paste are essential. Figs are pretty reasonable at the moment so this recipe is perfect timing.

  26. JJ @ 84thand3rd March 3, 2012  5:12 pm Reply

    I missed this post earlier in the week somehow but you and I must be on the same wavelength lately, as I made fig jam last weekend! The paste looks delicious. Now I want cheese and my jam for dinner ;)

  27. Jan March 10, 2012  7:36 pm Reply

    I am always looking for different recipes, and have made plenty of fruit pastes in the past. I sauteed the figs in a desert wine to give that added sweetness. I never use jam setting sugar as I only use organic raw sugar and find this is sufficient. To add a bit of a difference a few drops of rose water towards the end of the paste "setting" is a pleasant change to most of the fruit pastes. thankyou for sharing your recipe. It is wonderful to see so many folk who are passionate about where there food comes from and are willing to make their own delicious delights !!!!!

    • delicieux March 12, 2012  4:33 pm Reply

      Hi Jan,

      Thanks for your comments. I'd actually been thinking of roasting the figs in dessert wine next time, glad to see I'm not the only one with that idea :D

  28. laura c. March 18, 2012  2:38 pm Reply

    I made my first batch of this the other day and it was easy and delicious! I want to make more to give as gifts, but just wondering how long it will keep for? Also, what do I need to do if I want to make it in jars (to then give the jars as gifts), rather than in ramekins?

    Thanks so much for this delicious recipe!

    • delicieux March 24, 2012  11:02 am Reply

      Hi Laura,

      The fig past should keep for a few months :D If you want to make it in jars, simply pour to set into the jars. I'd use low jars though, to make it easier to get the paste out as it's quite sticky.

  29. Joyce April 15, 2012  10:17 pm Reply

    I'm working in Saudi Arabia at the moment, and just came across your Okra recipe, and then the fig paste recipe. My mind then jumped over to fresh dates, since we have an abundance of them in this country. On the supermarket shelves, you can purchase date paste which is 100% made from dates (no additives), I think that have been crushed/smashed/pulsed into a paste like block. This can then be used for cooking with cakes and many other dishes. The flavour and texture is so lovely, I just slice it and eat it as a treat. When fresh it is super soft and sticks to the knife.

  30. Lorraine February 28, 2013  12:48 pm Reply

    Am keen to try this while we are still picking figs. How well does it keep? Can I keep it long term or could I freeze some. Lorraine

    • Jennifer February 28, 2013  2:56 pm Reply

      Aren't figs wonderful at the moment? I picked some up today myself. :) If you store the paste in an airtight, sterilised jar, I would think it would keep 6 months or maybe more. Admittedly I haven't tried keeping that long myself as it is usually all eaten after 3 months, but with the large amount of sugar it would preserve it well. I hope that helps.

  31. Charlene March 18, 2013  2:06 pm Reply

    Just tried this recipe.... They look good... Can't wait to taste (though the leftovers on the spoon are delicious)

    Thanks for sharing your recipe

  32. Kelsie October 22, 2013  4:59 am Reply

    Made this yesterday (waited to comment so I could see what it was like after sitting overnight). It is delicious! However, I'm in the united states and we don't even know what jam setting sugar is, so I found this link (http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2013/09/17/4321126/jam-setting-sugar-and-powdered.html#.UmV481AqiOa) and used it to make my paste. Since I only had 6 figs, I halved the recipe, but to make it easier: 12 figs (1-2 pounds), 1 packet of sure-jell and 2.5 cups sugar. I also only cooked it for 1-1.5 hours and it seems plenty thick.

    Thanks so much for the recipe!

  33. Annaleis February 1, 2014  11:29 pm Reply

    Looks delicious. How long do you think it would last in the fridge?

    • Jennifer February 2, 2014  8:57 am Reply

      To be honest it's never lasted all that long in my fridge because it's been quickly gobbled up, but it should last a good few months. :D

  34. teresa m February 20, 2014  9:09 pm Reply

    Hi, I was wondering if you need to peel the figs for this recipe ?



    • Jennifer February 21, 2014  11:11 am Reply

      No, you don't need to peel the figs. Let me know how it goes :)

 

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