Eating a fresh fig straight from the tree is one of life's singular pleasures, but getting that amazing fig flavor into drinks is a bit of a challenge. The solution is to infuse a combination of slightly juicy oven-dried figs and store-bought dried figs into a simple syrup.
Note: If you have trouble getting your oven to go down to 250°F to roast the figs, try setting it on the lowest possible temperature and propping open the door with a wooden spoon or silicone spatula. To track the temperature while doing this, I place the probe of my probe thermometer into the oven.
12 fresh mission figs, halved
2 cups sugar
2 cups water
12 dried figs, cut into 1/4-inch strips
Preheat your oven to 250°F. Arrange fresh figs on a parchment-lined baking sheet and cook until figs are slightly shriveled and have released some juices, about 40 minutes.
Combine sugar and water in a small saucepan over high heat and bring to a boil. Immediately remove from the heat.
In heatproof quart jar or medium heatproof bowl, carefully combine oven-dried figs, sliced dried figs, and warm simple syrup. Steep at room temperature for 3 hours.
Using an immersion blender, blend fig mixture until it is a chunky puree. Using a jelly bag or clean white t-shirt, strain into a clean jar. You will need to squeeze the jelly bag or t-shirt to help extract the most liquid. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use. Fig syrup keeps 1 week in the fridge.
jelly bag, immersion blender
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|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 0g||0%|
|Saturated Fat 0g||0%|
|Total Carbohydrate 33g||12%|
|Dietary Fiber 1g||4%|
|Total Sugars 31g|
|Vitamin C 1mg||4%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|