Crystallized Figs

Preparation info

  • Serve

    4 to 6

    unless otherwise stated.
    • Difficulty


Appears in

Two Fat Ladies Obsessions

Two Fat Ladies Obsessions

By Jennifer Paterson and Clarissa Dickson Wright

Published 1999

  • About

If you have fig trees you will have a lot of figs, and there is also a time in good years when you can buy figs quite cheaply. Crystallized figs in shops are fairly expensive and often of rather dicey quality, so it is much nicer to make your own, and amaze your friends.


  • 50 fresh figs
  • cups granulated sugar, plus extra to finish
  • 1 cup


Choose figs that are just ripe and in good condition. Prick them with a fine needle.

Dissolve the sugar in the water in a large pan and then cook until the syrup begins to bubble (230°F). Place the figs carefully into the syrup, which will increase in volume, and heat until the syrup begins to bubble again. Remove the figs with a slotted spoon and leave them on a tray overnight. Reserve