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Roasted figs with honey and orange

Roasted figs with and honey and orange

Roasted figs with honey and orange is perfect if, like me, you were never a fresh fig lover. Give me plump and sweet fig preserves with a strong blue cheese and a few savory crackers or biscuits any day, and I am blissfully happy.

I found beautiful ripe fresh figs that immediately called to mind my late mother, may Allah have mercy on her soul and grant her the highest paradise. She loved eating fresh figs, though they were rarely available in our city. I had never baked with figs or used them in cakes or seasonal fruit desserts, but decided I had to find a way to use those beauties in memory of her, and roasting them seemed a good idea as any.

Unfortunately, I tasted the figs and they had such a delicate honeyed sweetness that I ended up eating half of them on the same day. I had to go back the following week to buy more figs and that time they were less sweet and perfect for roasting.

Roasting figs with honey and orange is a simple way to add flavour and caramelised sweetness to bland tasting specimens. Adding a pinch of salt before cooking seems to bring out the flavour and accentuate the sweetness of the figs.

Roasted figs with honey and orange

The aroma of the roasted figs with the heady perfume of orange peel is an assault on the senses.

Roasted figs with honey and orange

How to use Roasted figs with honey and orange

  • I love the combination of sweet and savory flavors in canapes and appetisers and figs and cheese compliment each other so well. This Caramelised onion, fig and brie tart recipe can be use for canapes, starters or a large tart.
  • Eat them with labneh of goats cheese on a crisp bread, crackers or a slice of this grain free Almond and Coconut bread.
  • Roasted figs with honey and orange are also perfect for salads when paired with a piquant soft blue or goats cheese. The cooking juices can be added to lemon juice or vinegar and oil for a quick dressing.
  • The perfumed roasted figs with honey and orange also taste amazing spooned over the thick yogurt and bedazzled with a sprinkling of sliced pistachios or pomegranate arils.
  • They would also be wonderful on a warm bowl of slow cooked oats on a cool morning.
  • The roasted figs also give a new dimension to a bowl of vanilla bean ice cream and a sprinkle of chopped pistachios.

For more breakfast recipes that can be made with or without figs why not try this Greek Yogurt and Granola Breakfast bowl or Overnight Dairy Free Muesli and Oats.

Roasted figs with and honey and orange

Roasted figs with honey and orange

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: South African
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 12
Calories: 38 kcal
Author: Razena Schroeder

Honey roasted figs perfumed with orange zest are very versatile and can be used in sweet and savory tarts, salads, desserts or even eaten for breakfast over greek yogurt.

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Ingredients

  • 480 grams figs 12 medium, ripe and fresh
  • 1 orange juice and zest
  • 15 ml honey approximately 1 tablespoon
  • 1 ml salt

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 200 degrees Celcius or 180 fan / 400 F / Gas mark 6

  2. Wipe the figs to remove any grit or dust then slice off the stalks with a sharp knife.

  3. Slice all the figs in half lengthways.

  4. Mix the rind and juice of the orange with the honey and salt in a small bowl and add all the halved figs. 

  5. Toss gently to coat the figs in the honey and juice without breaking the fruit.

  6. Line a medium sized oven tray with foil to catch the juices and prevent any burnt syrup on the tray.

  7. Arrange the figs, cut side up, and pour over the juice and honey mixture.

  8. Bake for 10 minutes then remove from the oven and allow to cool before using.

Recipe Notes

1 Navel orange renders approximately 45-60 ml juice and 1 tablespoon rind

Nutrition Facts
Roasted figs with honey and orange
Amount Per Serving (40 g)
Calories 38
% Daily Value*
Sodium 32mg 1%
Potassium 112mg 3%
Total Carbohydrates 9g 3%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 8g
Vitamin A 1.6%
Vitamin C 8%
Calcium 1.8%
Iron 0.8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Roasted figs with honey and orange

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53 Comments

  • Reply
    Schilly Construction Inc
    April 10, 2018 at 3:13 am

    I’m not a huge fan of figs but this recipe sounds good. I will have to keep figs in mind for future recipes.

  • Reply
    Kartika Nair
    February 24, 2018 at 10:41 am

    I love figs. This is a great yummy and healthy breakfast recipe . I would love to try it . So many breakfast recipes on your blog . Will try this for sure 😊

    • Reply
      Razena Schroeder
      February 25, 2018 at 9:18 am

      I love eating breakfast although during the weekdays I am more inclined to sleep for an extra 10 minutes than get up to make it. Hence many make ahead or easy recipes.

  • Reply
    Janella Panchamsingh
    February 23, 2018 at 6:15 pm

    Oh my these figs look so beautiful, I don’t eat figs often but if they were prepared like this I probably would

  • Reply
    Mira
    February 22, 2018 at 9:11 pm

    You just got me drooling just with the title of your post. I can only imagine how delicious this dish is and it seems to be simple to make as well.

    • Reply
      Razena Schroeder
      February 23, 2018 at 3:45 pm

      Haha Mira you made my day! It is simply delicious so I hope you try it 🙂

  • Reply
    Corina
    February 22, 2018 at 4:57 pm

    Oh my god! this looks absolutely delicious! I’m going to try this dessert for sure!

    • Reply
      Razena Schroeder
      February 23, 2018 at 3:44 pm

      The figs are fantastic with some Greek yogurt or Mascarpone Chantilly cream.

  • Reply
    Jen ~ The Tipsy Mama
    February 22, 2018 at 1:46 am

    I have never had figs – and honestly wouldn’t have ever thought to until I read this. These look amazing!

    • Reply
      Razena Schroeder
      February 23, 2018 at 3:31 pm

      Try them when they are in season in your city, preferably ripe and raw. Then try roasting them for use in other recipes and you will be surprised at how versatile they are.

  • Reply
    Penny
    February 22, 2018 at 1:15 am

    I have never had figs. I cannot help wondering if this sweetened recipe might “ruin” me for raw figs. What do you think?

    • Reply
      Razena Schroeder
      February 23, 2018 at 3:30 pm

      I guess you will have to taste them raw first 🙂 Not all figs are created equal I’m afraid. The first time I decided to make these I actually tasted one of the figs to see how sweet it was. I can’t even begin to describe how it tasted, but like the best honey is all I can come up with.
      I ended up eating them all. The next time the figs were less sweet and I didn’t particularly find the raw taste appealing but they were fabulous after roasting with honey.

  • Reply
    Ann F. Snook-Moreau
    February 21, 2018 at 11:53 pm

    I’ve never actually eaten a fresh fig before but they look amazing! I especially like your idea about putting them on top of oatmeal for breakfast.

  • Reply
    Luci
    February 21, 2018 at 11:19 pm

    This looks so delicious. Roasting any fruit or vegetables brings out the flavor of them. Yummy.

    • Reply
      Razena Schroeder
      February 23, 2018 at 3:26 pm

      It truly is amazing what a big difference a little heat and a lot of patience makes.

  • Reply
    Tara
    February 21, 2018 at 9:34 pm

    these look absolutely divine! how yum!

  • Reply
    Lindsay
    February 21, 2018 at 6:47 pm

    Just lovely food photography! I love the taste of figs, but really had no idea how to prepare them. This is very helpful. I think I’ll try this over salad and yogurt.

    • Reply
      Razena Schroeder
      February 21, 2018 at 11:09 pm

      Thanks Lindsay, my photography is a work in progress. This is such an easy and very delicious way to prepare figs that can be used in so many different ways.

  • Reply
    Elizabeth O
    February 21, 2018 at 6:44 pm

    Oh my, these look incredible! I must save and try this recipe it looks very simple and quick!

    • Reply
      Razena Schroeder
      February 21, 2018 at 11:09 pm

      I hope you try them and let me know whether you liked them roasted 🙂

  • Reply
    Drake Conan
    February 21, 2018 at 5:56 pm

    Wow! This one’s a winner.This looks so delightful and tasty. I would love to try making this recipe. This is my kind of weekend treat.

    • Reply
      Razena Schroeder
      February 21, 2018 at 11:11 pm

      It definitely a weekend treat because deliciousness shouldn’t be rushed 🙂

  • Reply
    Czjai Reyes-Ocampo
    February 21, 2018 at 4:16 pm

    That looks really yummy, though I have no idea what figs taste like. We don’t have figs here in the Philippines, boo hoo. 🙁

    • Reply
      Razena Schroeder
      February 21, 2018 at 11:13 pm

      Oh no! Imagine a soft fruit that has some texture but when ripe and sweet can taste as sweet as honey.

  • Reply
    Britney
    February 21, 2018 at 7:10 am

    Wow! I don’t think I would have ever thought about making or eating that, but your pictures make it look delicious and sweet!

  • Reply
    Kristi Ann
    February 21, 2018 at 5:30 am

    I have never had figs before. I am thinking this could be the perfect recipe to try them with!

    • Reply
      Razena Schroeder
      February 21, 2018 at 10:44 am

      They are delicious if they are sweet and ripe but more suited to roasting if they are bland.

  • Reply
    Ali Rost
    February 21, 2018 at 5:20 am

    Beautiful food photography! Everything about this dish reminds me of Ottolenghi’s cooking. Do you have any of his cookbooks? His recipes taught me to be a fig lover. Sadly, I live in Iowa and they’re only at the Co-op a couple of times a year. When I see them though, I buy pretty much all of them. I’m going to bookmark your recipe with the orange sauce for the next time I see them. I bet it’s wonderful!

    • Reply
      Razena Schroeder
      February 21, 2018 at 10:43 am

      You have no idea how happy you have just made me! Before I even published a word on my blog I had a dream and the only thing I remembered from it was someone saying ‘Ottolenghi’. I had never heard of him or read about him so I didn’t know what the word meant or that it was even a person. I forgot about it until one day a few weeks later something flashed across my screen on Twitter that seemed familiar. I still had no clue until a few days later I went to register for a bloggers conference in the UK and saw a chef by that name mentioned as one of the previous year’s guest speakers. Then nature took it’s course and I googled him and have been a fan ever since. I have a few of his cookbooks and have tried only one recipe to be honest. He writes beautifully and every word transports you to the place or taste that he describes. It is almost painful to read to be honest.

  • Reply
    Patricia
    February 21, 2018 at 2:15 am

    I have actually never tried figs, but this looks amazing. This would definitely be a great way to try them, which I might end up doing if I can actually find figs and figure out if they are ripe. Thank you for the recipe!

    • Reply
      Razena Schroeder
      February 21, 2018 at 10:36 am

      Fresh figs have a very short season in early summer and the main growing time is from late summer to early autumn. I was fortunate to find them at both periods and the recent ones were from the late summer crop in South Africa.

  • Reply
    Style & Life by Susana
    February 21, 2018 at 2:00 am

    My mum would absolutely loveeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee this!! I am book marking this post and going to try and make for her. She loves figs so much!!

    • Reply
      Razena Schroeder
      February 21, 2018 at 10:31 am

      I only made these because my mum had loved figs so much and I thought of her when I saw them on display. I hope you make this for her and let me know what she thinks. Mother’s Day would be a great time 🙂

  • Reply
    Laura Dove
    February 21, 2018 at 1:19 am

    Ooh Im not actually a fan of figs but looking at this I couldn’t help but think they look delicious! I think I will try them and see if they change my mind!

    • Reply
      Razena Schroeder
      February 21, 2018 at 10:29 am

      Haha Laura I was exactly the same until I roasted them. Try them and let me know 🙂

  • Reply
    Rose
    February 20, 2018 at 11:21 pm

    I don’t think I have ever had a fig. I have had prunes and dates but not a fig. I wouldn’t mind trying atleast one by itself and then this recipe sounds good because of the sweetness level!

    • Reply
      Razena Schroeder
      February 21, 2018 at 10:28 am

      Fresh figs are not always easy to come by because they have a relatively short season so I’m not surprised to hear that you have never eaten a fresh one. I have eaten dried figs and the best ones ever were from Italy, where they are sundried and then smoked and preserved in fig leaves.

  • Reply
    Akamatra
    February 20, 2018 at 11:07 pm

    I can tons of fresh figs during summer! I love them! I haven’t roasted them but I think I will try it out they look so yummy!

    • Reply
      Razena Schroeder
      February 21, 2018 at 10:25 am

      I haven’t canned figs but I tried making fig preserves a few years ago which were a total disaster. The sugar syrup was too sugary and completely hardened around the figs once it cooled completely 🙁

  • Reply
    Camryn
    February 20, 2018 at 11:06 pm

    My mouth is watering, that looks so amazing.

  • Reply
    shalyn
    February 20, 2018 at 9:45 pm

    That looks like such a cool, unique recipe! Thanks for sharing!!

    • Reply
      Razena Schroeder
      February 21, 2018 at 11:35 am

      It is also a very quick and easy recipe, perfect for when you are time poor.

  • Reply
    Emily Fata, www.EmulatingEmily.com
    February 20, 2018 at 9:02 pm

    This looks like such a tasty treat to have! I’d love to try this out soon, one of these days! 🙂

    • Reply
      Razena Schroeder
      February 21, 2018 at 11:34 am

      They are usually available in early summer and then again in late summer. Hope you enjoy them as much as I do 🙂

  • Reply
    Nicola @ Happy Healthy Motivated
    February 20, 2018 at 2:15 pm

    This sounds like such an awesome comforting winter dessert. Healthy, too! Definitely going to try it out.

    • Reply
      Razena Schroeder
      February 20, 2018 at 3:18 pm

      I wouldn’t mind to have roasted figs with a thick custard for dessert or perhaps put them in a tart 🙂

  • Reply
    Flyingkids
    February 20, 2018 at 1:45 pm

    These roasted figs look incredibly delicious. It’s great to know that you only need a couple of easy ingredients to make such a tasty treat like this.

    • Reply
      Razena Schroeder
      February 20, 2018 at 3:17 pm

      Indeed it is so simple yet very tasty and versatile.

  • Reply
    Nicole Anderson | Camping for Women
    February 20, 2018 at 11:48 am

    This dish looks absolutely devine! I have never been a great lover of figs and I think they are just one of those foods that takes some getting used to. A lot depends on how they are prepared of course and I am looking forward to giving this recipe a try as the end product just looks so good.

    • Reply
      Razena Schroeder
      February 20, 2018 at 3:16 pm

      Haha I was exactly the same. I used to watch my mum devour them when they were in season and could never understand why she loved them so much. Now I love them too, as long as they are roasted or ripe and very very sweet like honey.

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