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I’m Adi - an accidental yogi, trail runner, and lover of words. And I LOVE to make delicious messes in my kitchen. Thanks for stopping by!

naturally sweetened fig butter in an InstantPot

naturally sweetened fig butter in an InstantPot

It’s day four of the InstantPot series, and though it’s the type of food that I’m least likely to go for, I’m most excited about this one. I think it’s the simplicity of it. It’s not a sexy dish with an array of seasonings, nor is it an addictive dish that relies on sugar to keep you coming back. It’s simply what it is and it's good because it’s good. I’ve got a fig butter for you today, and just to clarify, the only thing that makes it “butter” is the fact that it’s reduced down to a spreadable consistency. A touch of orange zest and balsamic vinegar enhances the figs, rather than overpowers or steals from them, and, although you could add some maple or date syrup, there is really no need. As an endurance runner/road tripper/camping kind of gal, I have what some may call an excessive collection of jars filled with dried fruit. Obviously those people are wrong, but just in case, I decided to use some of my dried figs on hand. That said, it’s hard to beat a fresh fig, so if that’s what you have, well, lucky you! So far, I’ve tried this recipe on a hearty, whole grain bread with Kite Hill’s almond milk cream cheese (pictured below, and YUM!), in some overnight oats with homemade pecan butter (double YUM!), and off the spoon (a classic YUM!). Even after giving some away, I’ve got quite a bit left, so hit me up with ideas. In the meantime, happy InstantPotting!

naturally sweetened fig butter in an InstantPot
makes about 2 1/2 cups

1 lb dried figs (I had a mix of mission and California), soaked in hot water for at least an hour
1/2 cup soaking water
2 Tbs balsamic vinegar
zest and juice from one orange
pinch of sea salt
optional maple syrup or date syrup

1) Drain the figs, reserving 1/2 cup of the soaking water. Place the soaked figs, soaking water, vinegar, orange juice and zest, and sea salt in your InstantPot and pressure cook on high for 8 minutes. Let the pressure naturally release.

naturally sweetened fig butter in an instantpot

figs & orange

keep to the simple

2) Turn the sauté function on, and, stirring frequently, let the liquid reduce down by 15-20% (about 4-5 minutes). *see note

naturally sweetened fig butter in an instantpot

a pile of deliciousness

thick & spreadable

3) Transfer contents to a food processor, and purée until smooth. Taste, and adjust sweetness, if desired. And enjoy!

naturally sweetened fig butter in an instantpot

naturally sweetened fig butter in an InstantPot

two of the three best ways to have: toast & on a spoon

note: If you prefer your fig butter to be less thick, you can skip this part. You’ll end up with a pile of deliciousness that is the consistency of preserves. All good!


naturally sweetened fig butter in an InstantPot
makes about 2 1/2 cups

1 lb dried figs (I had a mix of mission and California), soaked in hot water for at least an hour
1/2 cup soaking water
2 Tbs balsamic vinegar
zest and juice from one orange
pinch of sea salt
optional maple syrup or date syrup

1) Drain the figs, reserving 1/2 cup of the soaking water. Place the soaked figs, soaking water, vinegar, orange juice and zest, and sea salt in your InstantPot and pressure cook on high for 8 minutes. Let the pressure naturally release.
2) Turn the sauté function on, and, stirring frequently, let the liquid reduce down by 15-20% (about 4-5 minutes). *see note
3) Transfer contents to a food processor, and purée until smooth. Taste, and adjust sweetness, if desired. And enjoy!

note: If you prefer your fig butter to be less thick, you can skip this part. You’ll end up with a pile of deliciousness that is the consistency of preserves. All good!

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