Fabulous figs

Autumn’s cooler temperatures and shorter days are a signal to fruits such as feijoas, figs, grapes, pears, and quinces, to ripen.

Plump, soft, and naturally sweet, figs are believed to have several health benefits, including as a source of calcium, potassium, and vitamin K, and helping to relieve constipation. On the downside, dried figs are high in sugar, and may interfere with blood thinning medication.

On a menu, they’re versatile, whether eaten fresh or dried, enjoyed on canapés, in salads, desserts, or on their own.

Try these delicious canapés.

Goat cheese and honey baked figs

Ingredients | Makes 16

8 figs
100g goat cheese
3 Tbsp clear honey


  1. Preheat the oven to 200 deg C, fan 180 deg C. Cut figs in half and place, cut-side up, on a baking tray lined with baking paper. Cut a shallow cross into the middle of each fig, and lightly squeeze to open up the crosses.
  2. Crumble 100g soft goat cheese over and into each fig, pressing it down a little if needed.
  3. Drizzle the honey over the figs, and bake for 5 minutes, until soft.
  4. Serve warm.
• Try creamy goat cheese, topped with chilli spiked,  salted honeyed walnuts, served on crispy crackers,  topped with a slice of fresh fig and a drizzle of honey.
• Fresh, quartered, in a salad with rocket, chopped  apples, dried cranberries, pecans, goat cheese, and balsamic dressing.

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