Vanilla Fig Preserves

Vanilla Fig Preserves

Don’t you think seven AM on a Sunday is way too early to be awake?  Let alone to be cooking?  My boys’ four-year-old cousin had spent the night, and at six-thirty AM she whispered in my ear, “Um, Valentina, can we make the pancakes now?” (Actually, that was her second question.  First she wanted to know if I could paint her nails.)

She’s quite cute and charming, so of course, I got right up, and the day began somewhat wildly with Buckwheat Banana Pancakes .

Later the day became peaceful while I made this incredible fig preserves recipe.  The fresh green figs were so beautiful, and the vanilla was so aromatic — I knew it would be lovely.  It was.  And the house smelled wonderful, too boot!

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