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