After a more than busy summer 2017, whose end’s been marvellous (ended up living the most beautiful experience of my life during an Autumn Equinox South of France yoga retreat) just as well as horrific (my digestive system illness got worse due to too much stress, work overload and simple exhaustion), I am FINALLY back into my digital world! And I cannot express how much I missed it!
To celebrate this comeback, just as well as our well-deserved entry into Autumn (after a beautiful summer season for you I hope), let me introduce you to my favourite and very secretive exotic fruits: figs. It is indeed delicious to bite directly into their juicy and sweet flesh, but it’s even better to bake them into your oven! With a “tastes of Autumn” inspired recipe, this is what I am inviting you to do today. Take a book, a cup of tea, a lovely and warm spot in your home and cuddle up with those + your oven baked figs (and let your mind wander to unknown and creative places).
Once baked, figs tend to release some more sugar, which makes them even more delicious: with the crunchy seed crumble and the warm and spicy cinnamon taste, you’ll only want some more. Talking about wanting more, I am not even the one who ate most of them, my parents were – for once! Feel free to select any type of seeds or nuts, and to add any other spices that you may like (ginger, cardamom, saffron ?!). Those figs are amazing when served to guests, when eaten as a snack or a dessert during one of those shady and gloomy autumn nights!
Oven Baked Figs
Portions: 6 servings.
Preparation time: 10 minutes.
Baking time: 10 – 12 minutes.
- 6 fresh figs
- 1 tbsp of sunflower seeds
- 1 tbsp of ground almonds
- 1 tbsp of honey (or maple syrup for vegans)
- 2 tbsp of coconut oil
- 1 tsp of cinnamon
- 6 tsp of honey (maple syrup)
(1) Preheat the oven at 180°C. Cut the tops of each figs and spoon out just a bit of the flesh of each one (eat it!).
(2) Roast the ground almonds and seeds in a pan; after two minutes, add the coconut oil as well as the honey and cinnamon. Roast for 5 more minutes. Take away from the heat and let cool down.
(3) Place the figs on a tray covered with parchment paper. Add some crumble in the middle of each fig, so that it spills slightly.
(4) Add one teaspoon of honey/maple on top of each fig and cover with the lids. Place in the middle of the oven for about 10 to 12 minutes, depending on your oven.
(5) Once out and nicely baked, eat warm with some yogurt (vegan or not), ice cream or on their own!