This past Saturday at Cardamom and Cloves, I made a quick fig and star anise jam for the Saturday sample. Start to finish it took about 30 minutes, and for much of that time I was watching TV waiting for the mixture to cook down. So easy and so yummy. A great way to spice up brunch, or top ice cream – I’ve been guilty of eating this stuff by the spoonful.


Fig and Star Anise Quick Jam

15 figs roughly chopped
2/3 cup granulated sugar
pinch of sea salt
6 star anise pods
2 TBSP balsamic vinegar

Add sugar, star anise and pinch of salt together in a thick bottomed pan.


I don’t normally remember to take pictures as I’m making something – but this was so easy and pretty I had to share! I used a smoked salt just so you could see it against the sugar. With just a pinch it doesn’t make much difference to the final product.

Next step – heat over medium heat until the sugar melts and begins to caramelize.


Then add the figs and vinegar and allow to cook down over medium heat until jam is the consistency you are looking for. Let cool, remove the star anise pods and enjoy!