Baked figs

There are lots of figs in the shops at the moment and they are pretty cheap, really. Now, I love a fresh fig but sometimes I want to do something extra with them. Baking them is a good way to concentrate the flavour and extract some of the gorgeous ruby red juices.

You can do all manner of clever things when you bake figs but cutting a cross-shaped hole in the top, drizzling them with runny honey and giving them half an hour in a 180C oven works pretty well, I reckon. The important thing is to make sure you don’t cook them down to a mush. You want a nice texture to your figs.

You can eat them hot but I prefer them at room temperature and they are lovely just served with some plain Greek or Turkish yoghurt. They are also nice with vanilla ice cream, maybe with some toasted flaked almonds on top.

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