500g green figs

Water to cover figs

75ml slaked lime

5ml bicarbonate of soda

Basic syrup

3 sticks cinnamon

3 pieces dried ginger

Sterilised jars for bottling

Carefully grate off the peel of each fig and cut a cross into the blossom end. Soak figs in water and lime mixture overnight. Wash thoroughly to remove all traces of lime. Boil figs in water and bicarbonate of soda until tender; drain. Make basic syrup, adding cinnamon and ginger, then add the figs. Boil slowly until syrup is thick and figs are shiny. Bottle in sterilised jars while still hot.

Basic Syrup

For every 500g of fruit:

500g sugar

750ml water

30ml lemon juice

Place all ingredients in a saucepan. Stir over low heat until sugar has dissolved. Do not allow syrup to boil.

Recipe:  Cass Abrahams, Cass Abrahams Cooks Cape Malay:  Food from Africa

Food Styling:  Pete Goffe-Wood, PGW Eat