fig jam and carpet pizza

There was a MAJOR fig bonanza in our front yard this week.  Both of our fig trees were absolutely abundant with juicy little gems!!  My favorite are definitely the ones with the ruby red centers, but the ones with a more brown flesh are delicious too (and melted into a mouthwatering saucy base for this pizza)...


Some of the figs were more than just ripe, so I knew I had to use them asap.  I made a quick fig jam:

Fig Jam

3 pounds fresh figs, washed, stems removed
2 cups granulated sugar
Juice and finely grated zest of 1 lemon

1. In a large saucepan, combine the figs, sugar, and lemon juice and zest.
2. Bring to a simmer over medium low heat, stirring constantly. 
3. Cover and simmer over low heat for 1 hour, stirring occasionally.
4. Remove the cover and continue simmering, stirring frequently, until the mixture thickens.
5. When the mixture gets quite thick, begin to stir constantly to keep from scorching.

And then I fit the whole batch into a large mason jar...

The next order of business was getting these figs on a pizza!

The sliced figs melted into the most magical sauce-like consistency... the perfect foundation for prosciutto, sliced lemon, grated comte, caramelized onions, and fresh basil!!

Jamie had a party last night (Friday the 13th)... a melon ball to be exact.  We'd maybe hit the melon juice a little too hard and so we weren't feeling exactly so festive for Bastille Day... :( we had a carpet picnic and watched Girls!  It was perfect.