|Sugar||1 1⁄2 Pound|
|Boiling water||1 1⁄2 Cup (24 tbs)|
|Lemon juice||1 Tablespoon|
|Walnut pieces||3⁄4 Cup (12 tbs)|
|Roasted sesame seeds||1 Tablespoon|
|Ground aniseed||2 Teaspoon|
|Gum arabic powder||1⁄4 Teaspoon|
Wash the figs, then chop them up and place in a large mixing bowl.
Add the sugar, mix well and allow to stand for 3 hours or more.
Place the fig and sugar mixture in a large saucepan and simmer until juice appears for approx 5 minutes.
Turn heat to high and boil for 3 minutes.
Add boiling water and lemon juice and boil steadily until the figs become very soft and tender and the water is absorbed for approx 35 minutes.
Add walnut pieces, sesame seeds, aniseed and cook and stir for a further 5 minutes.
Remove from the heat and mix in the gum arabic powder.
Cool slightly and pour into jars.
Seal with airtight lids.
Variation - Dried figs can be used instead of fresh figs, but they must be soaked overnight in enough water to just cover them,do not drain.