Caramelized Figs Baked with Honey is an easy fig dessert, served warm over vanilla ice cream, that is sure to impress. So let me start with the figs. I love them. Who knew?
Growing up in Canada, I don’t think I saw a fresh fig. Ever. When I thought of figs, images of dried up, gross ones they sell on the bottom shelf of the continental section of a deli or grocery store, came to mind. As kids, mum tried to feed us dried figs to help keep us “regular and healthy”. Cue Borat saying “Great Success!” or maybe not.
Moving to sunny Western Australia in a dry mediterranean climate, planting a fig tree seemed like a good idea. Surprise! The beautiful colourful parrots, (the ones that we loved watching eat bird seeds in our backyard), completely stripped the fig tree bare of any figs! The following year I got smarter and bought nets to keep the birds at bay. After 2 years, I can say I’ve grown and eaten my own organic crop of figs. Figs ripen quickly and do not keep well in the fridge.
Here’s a quick, easy and delicious way to use your figs. The recipe measurements are per fig, to give you options on how many figs you want to bake. Serve your Caramelized Figs Baked with Honey on top of vanilla ice cream or frozen yogurt. Bon Appetit! Приятного аппетита!
Caramelized Figs Baked with Honey (Запеченный Инжир)
- 12 fresh organic figs
- ½ teaspoon of cold unsalted butter per fig
- 1 teaspoon of honey per fig
- vanilla bean ice cream
Preheat oven to 375°F or 190°C
Cut stems off the tops of the figs. Cut a cross in the fig and gently open it, . Be careful not to cut them all the way to the bottom, or spread too wide, or they will fall apart.
Grease a pie pan, I use Pampered Chef, which is already seasoned. Place the figs stem side up in the pan.
Cut ½ teaspoon squares of butter from a block, or measure with a spoon (which is hard to do with cold butter). Put a piece of butter inside each fig, carefully so the fig does not fall apart.
Drizzle 1 teaspoon of honey over the fig and butter.
Bake for approx. 8-10 minutes, until the fig opens up.
Serve with ice cream and drizzle with the caramelized fig butter sauce from the pie pan.