Roasted Figs to Basil

Roasted Figs to Basil

This is the best season for cooking, when autumn isn’t quite here and summer produce is still juicy, ripe, full of flavor and color.  For my first class in Louviers since returning from the U.S. (and with fond memories of corn on the cob, grilled lamb, tomatoes galore, and oh so many cocktails!), we’ve had a feast of figs, a treasure hunt of forest cèpes, pistou that tastes of the season’s best, poached egg in a butternut nest, sweet-as-heaven nectarines en gelée, and more.  Wish you were here!

roast figs

Hunting mushrooms in the Foret de Bord with our guide, Louis
Hunting mushrooms in the Foret de Bord with our guide, Louis
Perfect Pistou
Perfect Pistou
Origine's poached egg in butternut nest, with jamon Iberico
Origine’s poached egg in butternut nest, with jamon Iberico
Great cooks all!
Great cooks all!


16 fresh figs
2 heaping tablespoons sugar
1 cup (250 ml) rich red wine, such as a wine from the Languedoc
1/3 cup (80ml) filtered water
3 tablespoons honey
2 branches fresh rosemary

  1. Wipe off the figs with a clean towel and cut them in half, vertically. Place them in one layer, cut side down, in an oven-proof dish, sprinkle them with the sugar then pour the wine over them, along with the water. Bake until they are tender but haven’t lost their shape, about 30 minutes. Remove the figs from the oven.
  1. Carefully pour the cooking juices from the figs into a small, heavy-bottomed saucepan. Add the honey and the rosemary and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Simmer until the liquid has reduced to a thin syrup. Remove from the heat and reserve.
  1. To serve, arrange 2 figs in a shallow bowl, and pour an equal amount of syrup around them. Garnish with the fresh rosemary, and serve immediately.


Serves 8

This Post Has 8 Comments

    1. Susan

      Heh heh. Thanks, Cathy! You would love the figs cooked this way!

  1. Toni Price

    My husband is allergic to honey. What could I use in place of the honey? Brown sugar perhaps? Loved seeing you in Portland!

    1. Susan

      Hello, Toni! Thanks, was fun to see you too!
      Yes to either brown sugar or agave syrup.

      Good luck. You’ll love these!

  2. Laura higbie

    Thank you for a great week of cooking, exploring the markets, champignons hunting with Louis, wine tasting and exploring the cheeses of Normandy. Four of us ran into each other while shopping for the Financier molds at Dehillerian! Thanks again, Laura

    1. Susan

      Laura, It was a pleasure for me, and so glad you all ran into each other!!! Can’t quite think of a better place to do that than Dehilleran. Did you get the molds?

  3. Nadia

    Delicious! I love the subtle flavor added by the rosemary.

    1. Susan

      Nadia, It’s wonderful, isn’t it??

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