Honey spiced figs

Honey spiced figs

A proper dinner party pudding that takes minutes to put together.


Serves six.


  • 24 dried figs (about 500g)
  • 200ml freshly squeezed orange juice (3 medium oranges), or apple juice (or, better still, half of each)
  • The juice of ½ lemon
  • One, two or all of: 2 star anise, 4 cloves, 1 stick cinnamon
  • 1 generous tbsp honey



1.      Preheat the oven to 130C/250F/gas mark ½.

2.      Separate the figs if necessary (they can be a bit squished together) and rinse under the cold tap.

3.      Put all the ingredients in a heavy, medium-sized casserole, bring to a simmer, cover and bake for about an hour and a half – check on it halfway through and give it a stir.

4.      The finished figs should be plump, tender and juicy, and the sauce lightly syrupy.

5.      Leave to cool a little – you want to serve this warm or cold, not fiercely hot, sprinkled with pine nuts and/or flaked almonds and with a dollop of yogurt.


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