Fig Butter Recipe…Yum Yum!
A friend of mine has a fig tree at her disposal and was nice enough to share a couple of small bags of ripe figs with me. Growing up in the north figs were not part of our diet, but since moving to the south we have fallen in love with this sweet fig butter recipe.
I wanted to try fig preserves but decided on trying fig butter instead. Little did I know finding a fig butter recipe would be so difficult. After hours of searching and a call to my mother, I finally decided if I wanted to make fig butter I would have to create a recipe myself. I spent some time reading fruit butter recipes and finally got tired of searching and shut my laptop and went to work.
I’m happy with the results and my daughter even tried to sneak a jar in her pocket after she tried it. I couldn’t get my grandson to try it, but I remember as a kid I didn’t like apple butter so I can appreciate his apprehension. He will learn, as he gets older his taste buds will change and will love fruit butters.
Before I get onto the fig butter recipe I have to share with you my excitement.
You may have read we just bought an old homestead and are starting to restore it. One of my greatest discoveries on this old farmstead was uncovering a fig tree in the side yard. Now I won’t have to rely on begging my friend for some off her tree I can start coming up with wonderful ways to include figs in many of my recipes.
When is the best time to trim a fig tree?
A fig tree or bush will make a great addition to your homestead. They need a sunny, but a sheltered spot to thrive and they will need to be well cared for when they are dormant. Because of their vigorous growing cycle, they require annual pruning to keep them under control. The best time to trim a fig tree is in the winter when they are dormant. If you trim them at the wrong time of the year, for instance, in the spring they will bleed their sap and it could kill your fig bush.
Now that you know how to care for a fig tree let me show you how I make my famous fig butter recipe in my crockpot!
- 6 cups figs with stems removed
- 3/ 4 cup sweet white wine or white grape juice
- 3/4 cup honey
- 1/2 T lemon juice
- 2 t vanilla
- 1 t cinnamon
- Add everything to a 2 quart crockpot and cook on high for 2 hours.
- Using a large spoon or potato masher, mash figs until all whole figs are broken down. Crack the lid to let the steam escape and turn crockpot down to low and continue to cook for 6 – 8 hours.
- Fill hot jars with butter, add lids (reusable canning lids) and hot water bath them for 10 minutes.
Step-by-Step Crockpot Fig Butter Recipe
One of my favorite sweet wines…I had to have a glass while I was at it.
Honey adds such a nice flavor and it’s a healthy choice.
Throughout the crockpot, stage mash figs to get a nice even butter.
Remember to crack the lid to let the steam escape.
It was great on toast from the loaf of my homemade bread and can’t wait to try it on a biscuit. The only problem with this recipe is it only made 4 – 8oz jelly jars of fig butter and it will be long gone before winter even sets in. I will surely need to buy more canning jars and preserve more of this next year.