Near the middle of the fig season, we begin to get a little overwhelmed by the sheer quantity of figs our two trees produce. In addition to jams, preserves, jellies, pies, dried, and frozen… we are now also… getting them drunk!
Figs in smooth bourbon with walnuts and lemon zest.
I’d like to say there’s something complicated about this recipe, but is it very, very, simple. First get an airtight jar or two… we like ball canning jars.
Second, wash and then dry off figs in the middle of ripeness, i.e. yellow with some green… not brown (which is best for pies, not this recipe).
Then cut the bottom with a paring knife in an “x” shape, and then take a walnut piece and place it into the center of the fig.
Then put the figs in the jar.
Cover with extra smooth brandy or cognac, we use Korbel’s extra smooth brandy from California.
Zest 1/2 a lemon and place the zest in the jar on top of the figs.
Close the jar and put in a dark, dry place for a few months.
Come back and enjoy!
We recommend you take the remaining brandy and heat it up on a sauce pan with an apple or pear jam (something without a strong flavor), which will then turn into a lovely syrup. You could use some simple syrup and a little starch to thicken to achieve the same result. Some folks like it with Cinnamon as well, but that’s up to you.
One of the most exciting things about harvest is the benefit of fresh farm to table ingredients. But its also a challenge, to decide what to do with an overabundant crop.
For figs, we have them raw, in salads, with cottage cheese, grilled with honey vinegrette, in pasta, jams, and pie fillings. This year we’re trying chocolate filled with a whiskey granache and an exterior dark chocolate coating. It’s tasty, but the drying takes several days.
We also started making our own ground pepper, and it’s *hot* but also very flavorful.
Tomatos, cucumbers, squash, zucchini, blackberries, asparagus, bell peppers, apples, and the like are fairly standard… but our southern classic is… THE TOMATO SANDWICH.
Take a german queen heirloom tomato in a large slice 1/4″ or more, salt and pepper the slice. Place on cheap white bread, after covering the bread with mayonaise. Then place a yellow cheddar or american cheese slice on it…. ENJOY.
Still to come this year are corn, sweet potatos, canteloupe, watermelon, mushrooms, and a few other southern staples… so watch for pictures.
We have had an influx of caterpillars this season of including some that you’ll see in the pictures below. We have counted this year over eight different species of butterflies so when you come by…keep your eyes out.