I can resist anything except temptation or baked figs.

FigsI don’t believe that Oscar Wilde was talking about baked figs when he quipped that famous quote. If he had, he would have said “I can resist anything except baked figs and, oh yeah, temptation.” A chance discovery of a tray of figs for €6.95 got this recipe underway. Those of you who had a look at my baked peaches in a previous post might be forgiven for saying this is a very similar post. I don’t care.

They were peaches. These are figs. Not even Oscar Wilde would have been tempted to care either way.

For this tempting taste sensation, you will need:

  • A tray of figs (There were 22 in the original tray. Two “went missing”).
  • Some honey
  • Some butter
  • Some walnuts
  • Some steely resolve to not eat them until they come out of the oven.

The gratuitous fig shot. I was blessed with an overcast sky for the photo. We are blessed with overcast skies most days that it is not raining in Ireland.

The excellent ice cream was home-made by my eldest daughter. She posted it over at her Decidedly Delicious blog. Get over there and check it out. I will get the benefit and will rub her face in it (in a respectful, father to daughter way, of course).

Cut the figs as shown in the photo and add the dollop of butter to each followed by a dollop of honey.


Unbaked figs don’t get much better looking than this. 20 made it to the oven.

Next add a walnut to each and pop them in the oven.


This really is just an excuse to show a photo of the glorious figs.  Another gratuitous fig shot, I suppose.

Leave them in there for 15 minutes at 180 degrees C. Serve them with the excellent ice cream.


Baked figs and Lucy’s delicious ice cream. Lovely stuff indeed.

I am luckier than Oscar Wilde in that I have children (let’s not go there). The eldest makes delicious ice cream. I bake the figs. Temptation might be resisted by some of you. But not this combination. To quote Wilde one more time “The only way to get rid of temptation is to yield to it.”

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  • Looks absolutely to die for! I recently found a few new recipes for figs myself. If you’re interested: http://becomingmadame.wordpress.com/2012/09/25/fig-chic-four-fabulous-french-recipes-for-fall/

    • Always interested in fig recipes. Thanks Madame.

  • Its all in the presentation. I imagine your kitchen looks like something out of Grand Designs – with all that light giving you a head start in the photo stakes. Mine are always too dark or too bright and thats with a £500 camera. Still I make up for it with ludicrous amounts of chocolate.

    • The kitchen looks like the kitchen in Grand Designs before they knock it down and build the decent one. Yes, chocolate solves most things.

  • Such lovely photos and what a fortuitous figgy bargain – they are usually staggeringly expensive around where I live.

  • Wow, these are beautiful and I will be making these for sure!! Beautiful photos too!!

    • Thank you. Little original thought in them but very tasty.

  • How lucky you are to have homemade ice cream to boot. We don’t make it nearly enough.

  • Looks really good Conor! Love the photos!

  • Very nice.

  • This looks splendid. I have such a hard time finding fresh figs. I’ve only ever eaten them dried…

    • Not the same thing at all. You must hunt them down.

  • I’m positive I couldn’t resist the temptation for seconds and thirds of this dish. Gorgeous photos!

    • I would have done so, if the others had left any.

  • Wow! Deliciousness. Not to forget tempting pictures too.

  • Damn you!! Figs… My kryptonite

    • Thanks SB. The sauce was pretty awesome too. Despite there only being a little bit. Butter, honey and fig juice. Mmmmm…

  • Excellent pictures and great recipe 😉

  • Beautiful, insanely jealous now, not only of the beautiful peaches but the figs too. I figure clouds and fogs are mother natures way of filtering the scenery from time to time, how would we appreciate those bright blue sunny days, if not for the occasional overcast shadows.

    Fear not its gloomy, overcast and stormy in sometimes sunny Sydney too.

    • Thanks for that thought. It has been a gloomy few days lightened by your thought.

  • Just grand. I’m sure Oscar would approve.

  • They look gorgeous ..never seen so may figs in 1 shot ..can’t believe the price you got them at. Amazing. G.

  • Very nice, Conor. Fig season has now come and gone in DFW. I’ll have to wait until next year to try this one. Looks wonderful!

    • They were from Turkey. The season moves east….

  • So simple to prepare and they sound scrumptious.

    • Easy peasy and yes, ‘scrumptious’ fits the bill.

  • Yummy, I remember tasting fresh figs in Turkey, amazing, haven’t matched them since. 🙂

  • Hey Conor – these look great. My sister treated me to some baked figs recently and put a dollop of mascarpone instead of icecream on them to serve (delicious). On that note, plums baked (just like you’ve done with the peaches) but with mascarpone cooked with them (in dollops on top) is fab! Goes all crispy on top…. yum…

    • That sounds delicious. Plums are in season (in the shops) now and I just have to try that.
      Thank you,

  • I think maybe we don’t get ripe enough figs in our shops, they sound so delicious (and I love them dried) but somehow fresh ones are always a little disappointing. I baked the last ones I had… and sadly they were no better! So I shall just drool over your pictures instead!

    • Thanks Lois. Sad to hear you can’t get the good ones. They are very tasty.

      • Maybe the answer is to buy a fig tree!

  • Conor
    I’d love to be able to use your gratuitous fig shot on a client’s website I am developing. Would you be accommodating and would you require a credit?

    Please get in touch to confirm or discuss.

    • Hi Dominic,
      Thanks so much for asking. You would be amazed at the numbers of people I am naming and shaming over photo theft. I even posted about it here http://wp.me/p1NUXa-19a
      I will mail you directly to discuss.

  • Hi Conor,
    I’m Pepper, a food blogger here in the U.S. and I’m putting together something called The Ultimate Fig Lover’s Guide for my blog, Nourish-Balance-Heal which you can find at http://www.nourish-balance-heal.com to get an idea of what I write about. I would be honored if you would allow me to use your fig photo as the main introductory photo to the piece. You can reach me at pepperculpepper70@gmail.com
    Pepper Culpepper

    • Hi Pepper,
      I have sent you a mail.

      • That’s one popular photo!

        • Yes Dom. Shot in the back garden just before cooking and eating them.

  • Thank you so much for this wonderful recipe !
    I tasted these figs with almond milk sorbet, a heavenly delight

    • Delighted you tried them. They are simple, transient (due to the short season) and delicious.

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