I'm as partial to fruit desserts as the Boyfriend is to anything containing chocolate. I love petits pots de chocolats, molten chocolate cakes, Julia's chocolate cake - all these make me very happy. But to end a sumptuous meal, nothing makes me happy like fruit, especially when it's warm and served with something cool and indulgent like whipped cream, crème fraîche or maybe some greek yoghurt. Fruit desserts satisfy the longing for something sweet without being too heavy and it's simply amazing how a little sugar or a spoonfull of honey and a squeeze of lemon and a couple of minutes in the oven or the stovetop enhance the fruits' aroma. Figs lend themselves especially well to all kinds of warm desserts.
Baked figs with honey, vanilla and cointreau (serves 2)
- 8 small figs
- 4 teaspoons honey
- 2 teaspoons lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon vanilla paste or one vanilla bean
- 1 tablespoon cointreau
- butter for greasing the dish