Portuguese Fig And Walnut Compote

Fig and walnut jam

There are a number of things I tend to bring back from holiday in Portugal. Fig compote happens to be a 
bare necessity. In fact... The Fig Compote, my mother-in-law makes so beautifully. Because this year
our holiday home happened a little earlier than usual, we missed fig season and with it, our winter staple.
The thing about my Portuguese mother-in-law's Fig compote, is that it's just right kind of sweet, with bits 
of fig floating in a thick syrup. we seem to eat it with everything. 

Recently, we discovered an almost bare fig tree in Cambridge, I rushed home to make Galette with the
dozen or so figs we managed to find. And just the other day, I was lucky enough to have been offered a 
basket full, from a Cambridge garden. 

Fig and Walnut compote, over sourdough and fresh cheese seems to do it for me.

fig sugar and cinnamon

fig and handmade wooden spoon

fig and walnut jam detail

Portuguese Fig & Walnut Compote

1kg figs, cut into quarters
1 1/2 cup light brown sugar
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup roughly chopped walnuts
Lemon peel and juice of Half Lemon
Cinnamon stick

Cook the figs in a medium pan with the lemon peal and juice, sugar, cinnamon stick and water until 
softened, remembering to stir occasionally. When thermometer reads 104°C add chopped walnuts and 
cook for another 5 minutes.
Pour Jam into sterilized jam jars.

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