This is two-recipes-in-one! Fig jam (with dates) can be prepared and used for the crostini recipe, with more to spare for jarring for toast or giving as gifts. The recipe makes 3 half-pints. Of course, just the jam can be made, too! The recipe that follows includes both the jam recipe and assembly of the crostini recipe.
For the jam:
Yields: 36 servings | Serving size: 1 tablespoon | Calories: 27 | Total Fat: 0 gm | Saturated Fats: 0 | Trans Fats: 0 gm | Cholesterol: 0 mg | Sodium: 2 mg | Carbohydrates: 7 gm | Dietary fiber: 0 gm | Sugars: 6 gm | Protein: 0 gm| SmartPoints (Freestyle): 2
For the crostini with jam and goat cheese:
Yields: 8 servings | Serving size: 3 crostini slices | Calories: 103 | Total Fat: 6 gm | Saturated Fats: 3 gm | Points Plus: | Trans Fats: 0 gm | Cholesterol: 11 mg | Sodium: 231 mg | Carbohydrates: 9 gm | Dietary fiber: 0 gm | Sugars: 6 gm | Protein: 3 gm|
- 2 cups ( about 3/4 pound) coarsely chopped dried figs (mission figs preferred)
- 1 cup (about ½ pound) coarsely chopped pitted dates (mejool dates preferred)
- 1 cup real maple syrup, coconut palm sugar, succanot or natural sweetener of choice
- ½ cup balsamic vinegar
- ½ cup water
- 3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice (about 1 lemon)
- Crostini with Goat Cheese (optional)
- 1 (4 ounce) package plain or herbed soft goat cheese
- 1 whole wheat baguette
- 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- ½ teaspoon salt
- Freshly ground black pepper
- For the jam:
- Sterilize 3 ½ pint jars for canning.
- Bring figs and water to a boil. Reduce heat to medium. Add balsamic vinegar, lemon juice, and sweetener. Mash the figs with a potato masher while cooking to break them up. Simmer for about 20- 25 minutes, until a jammy, but not dry, consistency is achieved.
- Ladle into ½ pint prepared jars, leaving ½” head space at the top of each jar.
- Makes about 3 jars jam.
- Optional Crostini with Goat Cheese: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Cut each crostini diagonally. Brush crostini on both sides with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cook for about 7 minutes on a baking sheet, or until golden and crisp. Spread a generous layer of goat cheese on the crostini, and add 1 tablespoon of the jam.
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