Chef’s Recipe: Charred Fig Jam

Fig Jam with Cheese

During late summer/early autumn, figs are in abundance in the Adelaide Hills.  If you’re fortunate to have a fig tree, this charred fig jam recipe is a great way to enjoy your home-grown produce.  Impress your friends with a recipe that’s easy to make and tastes delicious.


  • 500g fresh Adelaide Hills blushing figs (washed and halved).Fig Jam
  • 1 x Tbs dark brown sugar.
  • 2 x cinnamon sticks.
  • 4 x cardamom pods.
  • 1 x star anise.
  • 1 x cup South Australian shiraz wine.
  • 1 x Tbs raspberry vinegar.
  • 1 x Tbs South Australian extra virgin olive oil.


  • Toast the spices in a hot dry pan for 1 – 2 minutes to release oils and aromas.
  • Brush the flesh side of the figs with olive oil.
  • Place the flesh side of the figs down on to the hot char grill (or skillet) for 1 – 2 minutes until slightly blackened.
  • Add wine, vinegar, sugar and spices to a 4 litre pot, place on medium heat and bring to a gentle simmer.
  • Add charred figs and reduce to a thick consistency.
  • Allow jam to cool.

To Serve

  • Smear this delicious charred fig jam lavishly across thick toast and eat it for breakfast.
  • Serve fig jam as a dessert with your favourite cheese, crackers and sticky South Australian wine.


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