Dried figs need to be softened a bit by soaking in boiling hot water for a few minutes, which is the essential first step in this recipe. After that, they are added to a "simple syrup" made by boiling sugar and water with the desired flavorings, such as the lemon peel and cinnamon stick used here, and allowed to cook until the syrup reduces and the figs become wonderfully soft.
- 1 kilogram figs (small)
- 600 grams sugar
- 200 milliliters water
- 2 strips lemon peel
- 1 cinnamon stick
- Rinse the figs.
- Bring a pot of water to boil, add the figs and soak for about 5 minutes.
- Drain well.
- Place 200 ml of water, sugar, lemon peel and cinnamon stick in a pot and bring to a boil.
- Boil until sugar dissolves and a light syrup forms.
- Add the whole figs to the syrup and boil 30 minutes over medium heat. Let cool, then remove the lemon peel and cinnamon stick. Pour syrup into sterilized jars.
- Store in refrigerator.