The consumption of fresh figs has diminished from ancient times because of their short shelf life. Neverthelsss they are a prize to be treasured in the kitchen because of their unique natural sweetness. This simple recipe cooks figs just enough to soften them slightly while allowing them to retain their natural flavour. You will find this light dessert perfect as a pre-dessert, or even as a palate cleanser when served cold.
- Fresh Figs (4)
- Marscapone (80g)
- Honey (4t)
- Cinnamon powder
- Almost quarter your figs, leaving just a little at the base to hold the fuit together.
- Using a tissue, lubricate the tray of your toaster oven with 1t of oil to prevent sticking. Then arrange your quatered figs on the tray (you may use a regular oven with grill as well if you don’t have a toaster oven, or if you are making multiples of 4).
- Drizzle 1t of honey onto each fig.
- Arrange a dollop of marscapone onto the centre of each fig using two teaspoons and sprinkle a generous amount of cinnamon on the marscapone.
- Bake for 10 minutes.
- Before it hardens, spoon the caramelized honey over each of your figs as soon as you take it out of the toatser oven.
- Serve either hot or cold.
- Even if your figs fall apart, do not dispair, you can reassemble them as the joint is covered by the marscapone.
- If you are using the figs as a side to another dessert, you can bake them as halves instead of quarters for easier handling.
- Did you know the fig is actually a flower and not a fruit?