Fig season typically runs from late summer to early fall and is proven as an abundant fruit. Fresh figs should be consumed fairly quickly or preserved shortly after harvesting to ensure quality and to prevent spoilage. Preserving them briefly in an alcohol syrup and stored in the refrigerator is a simple way to allow you to enjoy them much longer. Any variety of fig works beautifully in this recipe.

1 quart sized, clean jar

~about 2 cups fresh figs, halved 1 cup water

1 cup sugar

1 cup Amaretto

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Gently fill the jar with fresh figs, being careful not to squish them.

In a small pot, bring the water/sugar/ Amaretto mixture to a boil. Stir frequently. Boil for 5 minutes then reduce to a gentle simmer for about 10 minutes.

Allow the syrup to cool before pouring over figs so that your glass jar doesn’t shatter from the temperature change.

Place a lid on top and store the jar in the refrigerator overnight. Consume within four days.

These sweet, syrupy figs are amazing on top of vanilla ice cream, French toast, or pancakes.

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