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Canned Figs in Spiced Honey

 Sharing a recipe and video showing how to make canned Figs in Spiced Honey….and a recipe for Spiced Fig Parfaits to use the canned figs – Perfect Fall/Winter Dessert

What do you do when… you purchased a pint of figs to make a dessert but then one thing leads to another and the dessert doesn’t get made and you have to go out of town and you don’t want the figs to go bad? Why you can them in a spiced honey syrup…of course!

This recipe for Canned Figs in Spiced Honey is a quick, small-batch preserve that elevates just about everything you pair it with. In fact, I’m also sharing my Spiced Fig Parfaits recipe made with these canned figs.  This dessert just speaks of fall and winter…it can be made ahead of time and is SOOO easy.

When I started out canning, I would reserve a whole day in the kitchen for the process. But then, once I got my system down, I realized just how quickly I could get my preserving done, especially when small-batch preserving. I can put up a couple of jars of a preserve in about the same time I could bake a batch of cookies.

So when I found myself with a pint of Black Mission Figs that I needed to do something with before we needed to head out of town, putting up a small batch of Canned Figs in Spiced Honey was the perfect solution.

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Supplies I Use for Canned Figs in Spiced Honey:

While canning isn’t hard, it does require a few pieces of equipment to make the task much easier:

Canned Figs

The Ball Complete Book of Home Preserving is my bible. Even if I think I could make the recipe in my sleep, I double-check myself against the Ball Book…that whole botulism thing. If you are new to canning, it should be your very first purchase. My cookbook library inventory recently expanded with the addition of The All New Ball Book Of Canning And Preserving: Over 350 of the Best Canned, Jammed, Pickled, and Preserved Recipes!

Now, before you start making these, I want to tell you one of my favorite useful lifehacks. Before measuring the honey, coat your measuring spoon with oil which will make the honey slide right out without leaving any residue on the spoon!

Fig Preserves in Spiced Honey

You'll love this fig preserves recipe! We have a recipe and video showing how to can whole Figs in Spiced Honey....and a recipe for Spiced Fig Parfaits to use canned figs - Perfect Fall/Winter Dessert
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Canning Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Course Canning, Preserving, Jam + Jellies
Cuisine American
Servings 2 pints
Calories 377 kcal


  • 1 pint figs I used Black Mission Figs
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup honey
  • 1 orange peel from the orange
  • 4 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 tsp whole cloves
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice


  • Prepare canner, jars, and lids. See The Ball Complete Book of Home Preserving for guidance. Lay out a clean towel, along with a small bowl of white vinegar (to wipe off rims) and your canning supplies on a clean counter.
  • Gently wash figs in vinegar
  • Put honey, water, orange zest, cinnamon, and cloves in a pot. Bring to a boil and simmer for 3 minutes.
  • Add figs to the syrup and boil for 3 minutes.
  • Using a slotted spoon, pack the figs into prepared jars. 
  • Divide cinnamon sticks and cloves between the two jars.
  • Add 1 tbsp lemon juice to each jar
  • Fill jars to 1/2" headspace with honey syrup
  • Wipe rims with vinegar and 
  • Remove any air bubbles and adjust headspace.
  • Center lid on jar and screw band down until resistance is met, then increase to fingertip tight. Or, if using Weck Jar, place rubber gasket, glass lid and metal clips on the jar.
  • Place jars in canner, making sure they are completely covered with water by at least one inch.
  • Cover pot and bring to a boil
  • Boil for pints jars for full 45 minutes, or adjust for altitude via Ball Complete Book of Home Preserving. The time to bring your pot to a boil should not be counted in the minute boil time.
  • Once processing time is complete, remove the lid and wait for 5 minutes before taking the jars out of the pot.
  • Let rest, undisturbed, for 24 hours.  Refrigerate any unsealed jars.



Serving: 1gCalories: 377kcalCarbohydrates: 101gProtein: 2gFat: 1gSodium: 15mgFiber: 6gSugar: 93g
Keyword canning, figs, honey, recipe, spiced
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OK…so this was a 2-for-1 recipe bonus day! Not only do you get the recipe for Canned Figs in Spiced Honey, but…this recipe for Fig Parfait coincidentally uses said canned figs! Go Fig-ure! (see what I did there?)

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Spiced Fig Parfait

A decadent dessert of spiced figs, crushed gingersnaps and a spiced whipped cream
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Prep Time 6 minutes
Total Time 6 minutes
Course Baking Recipes + Tips, Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 2 servings
Calories 1089 kcal


  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup crushed gingersnap cookies I used Mi Del
  • 1 pint Figs in Spiced Honey or you can broil figs with a bit of brown sugar and cinnamon


  • Add all ingredients to the bowl of a stand mixer and whip until it forms stiff peaks.
  • Layer whipped cream, crushed cookies and figs in a parfait glass or dessert bowl.


You can make this whipped cream ahead of time.  I made it 8 hours before serving and it was fine.  If it needs, just whip it with a whisk right before serving.


Serving: 1gCalories: 1089kcalCarbohydrates: 153gProtein: 11gFat: 52gSaturated Fat: 29gPolyunsaturated Fat: 19gTrans Fat: 2gCholesterol: 135mgSodium: 478mgFiber: 10gSugar: 95g
Keyword dessert, easy, fig, gingersnaps, recipe, spiced, whipped cream
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If you love figs as much as I do, check out this recipe for Individual Almond Fig Clafoutis, which are basically baked custards with fruit. What could you not LOVE about that?

But if you are just all about the Spiced Fig Parfaits, then here you go…

Fig Preserves Recipe: Spiced Fig Parfaits

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  1. Thanks for a great video demonstration. You make it seem so easy and do-able! Hope to find some figs soon and make this for gift giving. Hope to see more videos on the future.

    1. Hey Barbara, thanks for the kind comments. I’m trying to get more comfortable in front of the camera…not my typically MO. But, I know it’s useful for folks to see how to make some of these things, so I’m getting there.

      Hope you have a wonderful weekend my friend. How are your daughters recovering from the hurricane?

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