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From the Food-hall: Figues rôties à la crème d’amande – Roasted Fresh Figs in Almonds

Laurent Bertholin of Maison Bertholin, Marche couvert de Passy 75016 Paris says now is the time — through to mid November — to take full advantage of French figs . (Earlier in the season they are imported from Italy and Spain). In his view the best local figs are grown in Solliès in the Var (département 83). The region has benefitted from an AOP classification — AOP “Figue de Solliès” — since 2011. These deep purple figs, he says, are very tasty, and ready for use once they are nearly black in colour, soft and supple to the touch, and intensely red on the inside.

Fresh figs now in season  (Credit flickr AR Sheffield)

Fresh figs now in season (Credit flickr AR Sheffield)

 

Preparation: 20 mins

Cooking time: 10 mins
Serves 4

Ingredients:

18 ripe figs
1 egg
150 g butter
50g sugar
50 g ground almonds
30 cl of freshly pressed  Normandy apple juice
18 almonds

Melt the butter in a small saucepan. Mix with sugar, egg and crushed almonds to make the almond paste. Preheat oven to 180 ° C . Split the figs crosswise on top. Arrange in a baking dish, sprinkle with freshly pressed apple juice. Bake for 10 minutes. (Baking time depends on the ripeness of the fruit).

Spread a teaspoon of almond paste on each fig. Place a whole almond on top of each fig. Set the oven to  “grill”. Place the dish containing the fruit and the juice under a hot grill for 5 minutes until golden brown.

Serve warm , with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or whipped cream  (creme cru).

Shelled almonds (Credit wikipedia)

Shelled almonds (Credit wikipedia)


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: Editorial Staff
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