Prepare your dried figs by pinching off the hard stalks and pop the soft fruit into a large glass (Pyrex-type of) bowl. No need to chop up the figs at this stage (though you can if you like - and then skip the chopping or snipping at step 4 below).
Cover the figs in the bowl with lukewarm water for about 30 minutes, until the figs soften and plump up.
Drain most of the water, leaving about 1/4 cup to 1/2 cup.
Snip the figs with kitchen scissors (or cut with a knife) into small pieces (at least quarters or smaller). and pop the pieces back in the large glass bowl.
Add the monkfruit/stevia sweetener, lemon juice and cinnamon and mix through with the figs. Microwave for 5 minutes at 80% power.
Take the bowl out of the microwave carefully (it will be hot), and mash the figs with a fork as well as you can. If they don't come out fully mushed at this point, no need to worry - you will mash them once more down the track.
Add the tapioca flour and mix well through the fig mixture. If the fig mixture is looking a little dry (it should be fairly moist), then add 1/2 cup of hot water and mix it through. Add extra water if need be - what you looking for is slightly wetter texture than the final spreadable jam, as it's going to cook a little longer.
Pop the bowl back in the microwave and cook at 90% for about 3 minutes.
Take the bowl out of the microwave again, carefully, and mash the fig mixture with a fork until the figs are fairly smooth. Let it cool in the bowl until it is safe enough to handle, I'd say at least half an hour to an hour.
One cool enough, transfer the mixture to sterilised jars.
The jam can be eaten straight away (once cool).
A word of warning, this recipe makes a LOT of fig jam so feel free to halve it if you just want to give it a go or you're not big on cheese and crackers. You don't actually use that much of it with biscuits and cheese, as it is quite rich, so a half should last you a while.
Unless of course you are looking for a fantastic homemade Christmas present to give to your friends and family, in which case make a couple of batches and enjoy all the compliments! It would also make a fabulous end of school present for your kid's/kids' teacher(s) - just sayin'.
The jam will keep well in the fridge, for at least 2 months.
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