My father’s side of my family is from Egypt, Syria and Turkey. Ever since I can remember, at our family reunions there was always an abundance of home-made Baklava, Mamoul, dates, and figs. And this dessert is what taught me to love figs.
Normally, you find those dried figs that look a little daunting, but delicious none the less. Fortunately, my family had a love affair with fresh figs, and this was the dessert that was made for extra-special occasions. And let me tell you, it is an incredibly delicious and seductive dessert.
Figs are delicious on their own, but paired with cinnamon, honey, vanilla, baked and then a dollop of greek yogurt, they become sublime.
This is a ridiculously easy dessert, and one that will shine at your next dinner party, or even just to make for a simple weeknight’s dinner. Trust me. You will make this over, and over again!
So here’s what you’re going to need:
12 fresh figs
4 cinnamon sticks, each one cut in 3 pieces to make 12 in total
1 vanilla bean
2 tbsp sugar
3-4 tbsp honey
Pre-heat the oven to 200 C. Wash the figs, and cut them in a cross form, leaving the bottom intact. Place in a large baking dish and insert a cinnamon stick into each fig.
In a small bowl, place the 2 tbsp sugar. Cut the vanilla lengthwise, and scrape the seeds into the sugar, and mix well. Sprinkle the vanilla sugar over the figs. Then drizzle the honey over the figs.
Bake for 15-20 minutes. Place 3 figs in a bowl with some of the honey from the baking dish, and add a dollop of the greek yogurt. Repeat for the remaining figs.
Place the honey and rest of the greek yogurt in bowls so everyone can help themselves to more if they want.