Fresh Fig Spread
20 fresh figs, stem removed, quartered
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup water
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon ground bourbon vanilla beans
In a small saucepan, add the figs, sugar, water, vanilla extract and ground vanilla bean extract. Place over high heat and bring to a boil. Once boiling, lower the heat and simmer, uncovered, for about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally with a wooden spoon, until the water has mostly evaporated.
When stirring, use the wooden spoon to help break up/smash the figs further.
Remove from the heat and let cool. Once again use your wooden spoon to mash-up any remaining pieces of fig.
Place in a glass jar and refrigerate for at least an hour (ideally more). Kept in the refrigerator, jam should last about 5-7 days.