Top 10 ways to serve figs

Top 10 ways to serve figs

Showcase figs in all their seasonal glory with our favourite recipes, from cakes, puddings and pies to cheese pairings and pizzas.

Smooth-skinned and lusciously sweet, figs have a unique taste and texture, with slightly chewy flesh peppered with tiny, crunchy seeds. Their high sugar content pairs perfectly with similarly intense flavours, adding a burst of sweetness to savoury dishes and a distinctive texture and aroma to sweet treats.

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Choose the best…

Select plump, soft and purple specimens, with no bruising or splits. Unripe figs will be hard and green in colour, while overripe fruits may feel mushy and smell sour. The fresh fruit is in season from August to early October, while dried varieties are available all year round.

Top 10 ways to serve figs

With meat…

Naturally sweet figs add a new dimension to gamey meats like quail, dark meat such as duck and salty, cured meats such as prosciutto.

Try it yourself…
Quails with figs & walnut sauce
Lacquered duck with grilled figs
Figs with prosciutto
Ricotta, fig & prosciutto crostini

With cheese…

We can’t get enough of that salty-sweet combination. Plump, fresh figs pair well with a wide variety of cheeses, from crumbly, sharp stilton to creamy brie.

Try it yourself…
Baked blue cheese with figs & walnuts
Fig & walnut slice
Stilton & fig salad with honey-thyme drizzle
Spanish fig & almond balls

On pizzas and breads…

Take the cheese and meat pairing up a notch and pop them all on a pizza. A bready base offers the perfect vehicle to get all that goodness from plate-to-mouth, with an added hit of carby pleasure.

Try it yourself…
Rye pizza with figs, fennel, gorgonzola & hazelnuts
Fig & Serrano ham picnic bread
Fig & prosciutto pizzettas

In cakes…

Is there anything more enticing than a fruit-filled bake? Pack in natural sweetness and give comforting classic like crumble, the humble Swiss roll and classic coffee cake a figgy twist.

Try it yourself…
Fig & raspberry crumble cake
Fudgy fig roll
Spiced fig, coffee & hazelnut cake
Little fig & almond cakes

In pies and tarts…

Figs + pastry = endless possibilities. Choose from sweet or savoury flavours, a pastry lid or crisp base, or fully enclose your fillings in buttery, flaky goodness.

Try it yourself…
Fig, raspberry & cardamom pie
Fig & blue cheese tart
Fig tartlets
Honey roasted fig & almond tart
Toffee fig pies

In puds…

Fresh figs feel right at home nestled into bread and butter pudding or topped with sweet, crunchy crumble. Comfort food squared.

Try it yourself…
Caramelised figgy bread & butter pudding
Orchard crumble

In salads…

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Incorporate figs into a symphony of tastes and textures with soft greens, bitter chicory and yes, even more cheese. Us? Obsessed? Never…

Try it yourself…
Mediterranean fig & mozzarella salad
Marinated fig & mozarella salad
Griddled chicory with figs & bitter leaves

In stuffing…

Step away from tired old sage and onion stuffing – these fruity flavours will give the classic Sunday roast side dish a much-needed lift.

Try it yourself…
Pork loin roast with fig & apple stuffing
Fruity Christmas stuffing

In fig rolls…

Throw a handful of chewy toffees into the filling to make fig rolls with truly sticky, sweet centers that are so much better than anything you’ll find in a packet.

Try it yourself…
Sticky toffee fig rolls

Simply spiced…

Let the natural beauty of the fruit take centre stage for an easy, yet effective, end to a dinner party.

Try it yourself…
Sticky cinnamon figs
Spiced baked figs with ginger mascarpone
Honeyed almond figs

Still looking for inspiration? Try our best-ever fig recipes, learn about the health benefits of figs and find out more about choosing, preparing and storing figs in our glossary entry.

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