Pumpkins. Cinnamon. Cranberries. There are some flavors and foods that just make you think FALL- and for me one of those essential chilly weather snacks is baked figs. Not only are these warm and delicious but they LOOK beautiful and impressive- your guests will love them and will ooh and ahh over how amazingly seasonal and sweet and tasty they are- but it will be our secret that they are SO easy to make!
What you need:
- An assortment of fresh figs
- Marscapone, Proscuitto, Cinnamon, Toasted Almonds, Dried Cherries, etc (all optional)
Set the oven to 400 degrees. Cut the stems off each fig. At the cut end, make two additional cuts at 90 degree angles, slicing the figs ALMOST all of the way through. Separate the four quartered sections gently with your fingers making sure not to pull them apart. The idea is to create a little nest for the other ingredients. Drizzle a little honey in each fig.
Now this next part is optional and I really enjoyed experimenting with it. There are so many wonderful and unexpected flavors that pair with figs so you really can’t go wrong: Top some of the figs with marscapone or a sharper cheese like goat or gorganzola. Sprinkle cinnamon or nutmeg on top. Stick a dried cherry in the center of each fig. Instead of honey- use raspberry preserves. Try folding a mint or basil leaf into the center. I even wrapped a few in slices of proscuitto- which also helped hold together the ones i sliced a little too far!
Next, bake in the oven for about 10-15 minutes or until the figs are warm and soft. Serve with crackers or an elaborate cheese plate- or of course they are good just on their own!