Confiture Philosophale

Philosopher’s Jam

Should you find yourself with one perfect but solitary fresh fig here is an excellent recipe for it. An instant jam of garnet hue with, perhaps, a flavour from the past.

Ingredients

For One Person

  • 10 sweet almonds
  • 1 ripe fresh fig
  • 1 tablespoon honey

Method

If the almonds have bitter skins blanch them by covering with cold water in a small pan. Bring to the boil, pour off the hot water and replace with cold. Peel away the brown skins and discard.

Pound the nuts in a mortar until finely crushed, and then work in the quartered fig and the honey. Or simply chop the almonds in a processor or blender. Add the fig and honey and process to a purée, but don’t make it too smooth.

Spread the jam on very fresh bread or toast and serve.

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