I figured that I'd better post this recipe before fig season is completely over! We originally bought these figs to grill, and then in the excitement of dinner forgot completely! They are truly delightful, and super easy. You just trim the figs, stick a piece of vanilla bean in the middle, and then roast in the oven with butter until soft and delicious. We served the figs with Haagen-Dazs' new vanilla-honey bee ice cream, which I highly recommend. It has a fabulous honey flavor and it complemented the figs perfectly. I think this ice cream would also be good with pumpkin pie, fruit cobblers...pretty much anything!
Vanilla Figs with Honeybee Ice Cream (Adapted from The French Laundry Cookbook)
9 ripe figs
2-3 vanilla beans, cut into 9 pieces.
3 T unsalted butter
1 1/2 tsp sugar
Honey ice cream
1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
2. Wash and dry the figs, then trim off the stem end. Push a piece of vanilla bean into the center of each fig, leaving a little sticking out to look like a stem.
3. Melt the butter and stir in the sugar to dissolve. Pour into a small, oven-safe pan about the right size to fit the figs. Arrange the figs in the pan and roast for 10 minutes in the oven. Serve with ice cream.