I’ve always been a huge fan of Nigella Lawson; she was one of the first cooks I ever followed on TV (her and Jamie Oliver – obviously, I have a thing for the British accent) and her recipes have always served me well. Also, any lady that can say things like ‘gleaming lemon cream‘ or ‘it’s time for the carnal unveiling‘ without even flinching is a winner in my books.
Whilst flicking through one of her cookbooks yesterday, I came across a recipe for ‘figs for 1001 nights’ which consists of roasted figs served with spiced honey and crunchy pistachios.
Figs are widely available at the moment so I figured it would be the perfect way to enjoy them while they last. I also thought it would make for a sweet (but healthy) Valentine’s day breakfast so I adapted the recipe slightly according to what I had on hand today and also added Greek yogurt. It actually worked really well as the slightly tart, creamy yogurt provided a nice contrast to the sweet honeyed figs.
I like to think Nigella would approve.
Honey roasted figs with yogurt and pistachios (serves 4)
6 ripe figs, quartered
1 tbs butter
2 tbs clear honey
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp vanilla essence
1 tsp orange flower water*
150g Greek-style yogurt
40g green pistachios, roughly chopped
*If you don’t have orange flower water then simply replace it with the juice and zest of half an orange.
Pre-heat your oven to 180 C.
Place the figs in a baking tray lined with non-stick baking paper.
Melt the butter in a small saucepan, then add the honey, vanilla essence, spices, and orange water. Stir to combine and drizzle over the figs.
Bake for about 15min or until the figs becomes soft and slightly caramelized. Leave to cool slightly.
To serve, layer the yogurt with half of the figs in 4 glasses and then top with the remaining figs and chopped pistachios.