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Fresh Fig & Honey Compote

by Milisa on August 17, 2012

Fresh Fig & Honey Compote

Fresh figs are very hard to come by in my neck of the woods.  So when my sister-in-law gave me a few, I was pretty excited to cook up something wonderful.  I was looking for some jelly or jam and apparently we are out.  I am out of a lot of things, but I had fresh figs, go figure.

Jam doesn’t seem like something I could throw together while trying to balance my checkbook, so I decided to try my hand at a compote.  Honestly, I had never made a compote or even eaten a compote, it seemed a little more like something off of Top Chef rather than what normally comes out of my kitchen. But it was really simple, and totally delicious. Of course the kids thought I was making pig compost, not fig compote.  That’s okay, more for me!

Anyhow, I spread a little on my whole wheat toast and I am dying to try it over vanilla ice cream, or maybe I will just stand at the counter and eat it with a spoon.  Yes it is that good.

Fresh Fig & Honey Compote


  • 8 oz fresh figs
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon butter

Cooking Directions:

Trim the stems from figs and cut into quarters. Place figs, honey, water and cinnamon in a small saucepan over low heat.   Stir occasionally and cook for 30 minutes.  Remove from heat and stir in butter.

Using a stick blender or food processor, pulse until only small pieces of figs remain, forming a spread-like consistency.

Serve immediately or store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Yield: about 1/3 cup.



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{ 20 comments… read them below or add one }

Willie August 17, 2012 at 1:26 pm

That looks awesome! I think I want my figs back now…


Jenny August 17, 2012 at 6:29 pm

I’ve been so busy packing that I’m just catching up on my favorite blogs! Fig and honey–yum!!


Lana @ Never Enough Thyme August 17, 2012 at 6:56 pm

This reminds me so much of the fig preserves that we used to make every year. Down in south Georgia almost everyone has a fig tree or two and when they start to ripen it’s hard to keep up with the harvest! I think I need to make a trip back home for a bushel or two of figs from my mom’s backyard.


jacquie August 17, 2012 at 7:31 pm

that looks wonderful. i wish i could find some figs around here to try it but alas i never see them either. what is the difference between a compote and a jam or butter?


DJ August 17, 2012 at 9:02 pm

I never tryed figs, your Dad has, he loves them. I will look to see if I can find them, I love the recipe sweeten with honey. Thanks for the inperation.


mjskit August 17, 2012 at 11:15 pm

I love fig season, but it’s way too short! I haven’t seen any yet where I am but I’m saving this recipe because it’s just too good to pass up! Can’t wait to taste it!


Shaina August 18, 2012 at 12:05 am

Sounds perfect with the honey and cinnamon, and so easy, too!


Tara @ Unsophisticook August 18, 2012 at 1:28 am

Yum! I’ve never bought fresh figs, but now I’m inspired to try them.


Jessica@AKitchenAddiction August 18, 2012 at 3:04 am

Oh, this would be great over vanilla ice cream!


Angie August 18, 2012 at 3:48 am

Wow, this just looks too good, amazing!


Elle August 18, 2012 at 6:32 am

So that’s what I should be doing with all those figs on the tree in my backyard! I didn’t feel up to making preserves or jelly…never did it before and it sounded way to involved. Thanks for this recipe.


Cassie August 18, 2012 at 8:43 am

I have never made anything with fresh figs – I am embarrassed to admit it! I could definitely love some of this on toast!


Paula - bell'alimento August 18, 2012 at 11:00 am

I adore figs. Can’t wait to get my hands on some soon!


Shari-Tickled Red August 18, 2012 at 5:37 pm

I have a fig tree and this year between the heat and the birds we never got any figs :( But I’ll be on the hunt at the farmers market for some so that I can make this yum!!


Sommer@ASpicyPerspective August 18, 2012 at 8:15 pm

Milisa, I’m sitting here wondering what to eat for breakfast and wishing it was THIS!


Nutmeg Nanny August 19, 2012 at 11:06 am

I really need to get my hands on some figs!


Danijela@Coffee Stylish August 20, 2012 at 6:10 pm

I saw your link at rachelcooks and had to check it out. This is just beautiful. Thanks for sharing this recipe, I have to make this. I am sure my family will love it.


Rachel Cooks August 20, 2012 at 6:45 pm

This is gorgeous Miss! Looks awesome!


JulieD August 21, 2012 at 4:30 am

Ahh, to me this looks comforting. Love it!


diabeticFoodie August 22, 2012 at 9:07 pm

We have a lot of figs around here. I thought Hurricane Irene killed our fig tree, but it bounced back. Two popular things in our area: fig ice cream and fig cake. Your compote would work well in both.


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