Confession: I read cookbooks in bed before going to sleep. Is that weird? I love getting to think about all the things I still haven’t tried making yet. It’s exciting.

Reading cookbooks before bed has one downside: food dreams. I dream about food all night long and wake up hungry.

I don’t particularly like cookbooks with no pictures…I’m very much a visual person. I can’t imagine how the recipe will come out if I don’t see an example.

I learn best by example. I suppose this is why I love food blogs so much. Seeing the gorgeous photos of what other people make is so enticing.

Unfortunately, while figs are a beautiful fruit, fig jam is just…well, ugly. It’s brown, and brown isn’t appetizing. But, I promise it tastes delicious, especially when paired with a mixture of salty and sweet foods like in my next post: Fresh Pear, Fig and Prosciutto Tart with Rosemary Cornmeal Crust.

Sound good? You better believe it is! But for now, you’ll just have to look at these pictures before bed and hope that you get to taste it in your dreams ;)

(Other uses include spreading on crackers, or making a similar tasting bruschetta like my old post, but using the jam instead of the chopped figs)

Savory Sweet Fig Spread

Recipe by Me
Yields about 1 1/3 cups

7 oz. dried figs (I used Mission)
1/2 cup sugar
3/4 cup + 2 Tbsp water
1 Tbsp flour
1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar

Combine in pan, boil over low heat. Reduce heat and stir til resembles jam, about 25 min. Cool to room temperature.


  1. Amy, your pictures look great! And I read cookbooks before bed too. Totally normal.

    • Really?! Thank you. I didn’t think they were good because I took them at night in my bathroom that has a big fluorescent light since that’s really my only option. I could really use some hand-made light towers ;)

      Haha, glad you read cookbooks in bed too! Honestly, I could read cookbooks for hours. Sometimes if I have time to waste I just go into a bookstore and make a beeline right for the cookbook section.

  2. Figs grow where I live, so I may wait and try this with fresh ones, adjusting the water. This sounds really good with a hard cheese too.

    • Thanks for stopping by! Mmm, fresh figs would definitely come out different…it would be more like a jam, but I bet it would be tasty. You’d have to add more sugar too, I presume.

  3. Hahaha…I have looked at cookbooks before bed too! I agree that cookbooks have to have pictures….otherwise I am not tempted! This fig spread looks totally delicious! :)

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