These vanilla and honey baked figs are the perfect juicy, sweet fruit topping to any breakfast or dessert. Perfect on porridge, pancakes or ice cream. Super easy to make and last in the fridge all week.
With fig season in full swing, it's hard to not eat these beauties by the boatload. Not only are they one of nature's perfect fruit they are also loaded with nutrients. Okay. So let me nerd out here for a minute and tell you why you need to be eating these honey baked figs.
Reasons you need to eat Honey Baked Figs
- Figs are loaded with soluble fiber which helps with the excretion of cholesterol.
- Figs are a great source of calcium. Perfect for vegans and lactose intolerant eaters.
- Figs contain pre-biotics which help support the already existing good bacteria in the gut. And everyone is obsessed with gut health these days, right?!
- These figs are the perfect fiber boosting addition to your breakfast oats or your evening ice cream treat.
- They just taste like heaven!!!
So, with figs being so good for us, we better figure out how to make the most of them while they're here right? These little ruby gems don't stick around for long in the season and they certainly don't last all that long when you buy them from the grocery store. I'll go into that in a second, though.
Okay, these honey baked figs are the perfect little... side? Hmmm. Maybe not. I'm not sure how one classes honey baked figs. They're not a dessert or side unto themselves, but they just go so dang well with so many things, that they really should be a building block to your weekly meal plan. Sweet and savory. And did I mention they are ridiculously easy to make? Super simple recipes are my jam these days I guess. Because everyone needs simple, delicious, accessible, seasonal recipes.
K. So, for these figs all you gotta do is drizzle with honey and sprinkle with some vanilla powder. That's it. Baked in a hot oven for about 10-12 minutes depending on the ripeness of your figs. These store perfectly in the fridge in a sealed container for about 5 days, but they won't really be around that long. These last longer than fresh ones, because the sugar from the honey and the cooking process itself actually help to preserve the fruit.
What to look for when buying figs
When it comes to figs, most people aren't sure what to look for when buying. So here are a few little tips.
- Figs are a very delicate fruit and in their unbaked state, they will only last a few days in the fridge.
- Pick figs that are plump and just soft to the touch. They should be bruise free and have a deep rich color.
- Store figs in the fridge as soon as you get them home, and wash them just before eating them.
- If your figs aren't quite ripe yet, leave them at room temperature to ripen.
- If you cut the stem off the fig and a milky liquid comes out, it means that your figs were picked too early and that they may not ripen all the way. These figs are perfect for making these honey baked figs.
- When making these figs, be sure to scrape out all the juice from the pan and store with the figs. Drizzle the honey fig juice on everything!
Honey Baked Figs
- 6 figs cut into quarters
- 3 Tablespoons honey
- 1 teaspoon vanilla powder or 1 vanilla pod scraped
- Preheat the oven to 170c or 350f.
- Cut the figs into quarters and place in a roasting tray.
- Drizzle with the honey and sprinkle with the vanilla powder.
- Roast in the oven for about 15-20 minutes, until the figs are soft and juicy and warm.
- Store the figs and the juice from the pan in an airtight container for up to 5 days.
- makes 6 portions.