Fig Spread

Fig Spread


1¼ cups dried figs sliced

2 cups water

1 tbsp olive oil

¾ cup chopped red onion

Zest and juice of one orange

½ tsp ground cardamom

¼ tsp ground allspice

¼ tsp salt

2 tbsp pure maple syrup


* Place the figs in a small saucepan with the water. Bring to the boil and simmer, with the lid off, until the water is reduced to about ½ cup.

* Sauté the onion in the oil until soft, about 5 minutes.

* Add the orange zest, juice, allspice, cardamon and salt, and stir to combine.

* Add the figs, and their liquid, to the onion mixture and cook for 5 minutes, stirring frequently.

* Stir in the maple syrup and remove from heat.

* When the mixture has cooled, blend in a food processor to desired consistency – chunky or smooth.



This savoury spread is a good appetiser to have on hand over Xmas and the holiday period. Spread on crackers and toast or use as a pizza topping. Makes 1¾ cups

Cathy Duffield