Saturday, September 08, 2007
The Seasons: September 2007
In mid-August the annual week at the coast turned out to be unusually pleasant. The sun showed up every morning and the temperature remained below 80° F (27° C).
Roast figs with Marsala and brown sugar
Observer, August 5, 2007
Dark-skinned figs, warm from the oven with a drizzle of cream is one of the most sensuous of summer desserts. Effortless to make and to eat, they are best served straight from the oven. Lucky those with their own fig tree. I have used both sweet and dry Marsala for this before now. Serves 4.
8 figs (maybe more if they are small)
a wine glass of sweet Marsala
a little brown sugar
cream to serve
Set the oven at 200°C/gas mark 6 (apprx. 330° F). Cut the stalks from the figs and slice a deep cross into each fruit, going about halfway down. Press each fruit around its middle so that it opens up like a flower (or a baby bird in its nest yelling for food). You can cut them in half if you prefer.
Place the figs in a baking dish, sprinkle over the wine and a couple of tablespoons of sugar. Bake for about 20-25 minutes until the fruit is meltingly tender and the edges have started to caramelise. If they haven't browned nicely then pop them under a hot grill for a minute.
Serve the fruit, pouring the pan juices over as you go and a drizzle of cream
I use honey instead of brown sugar and a few sprigs of lavender in the baking dish.
Time to think of Fall
--Edna O'Brien, August Is A Wicked Month