World Cuisine

  • 12 ripe fresh figs
  • 1 tablespoon ghee or butter, plus extra for greasing
  • 2 teaspoons cardamom seeds
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • grated rind of 1 lemon
  • 4–5 tablespoons honey
  • icing sugar, for dusting
  • strained yogurt, crème fraîche or clotted cream, to serve

Cut each fig lengthways into quarters, keeping the base intact, and place in a lightly greased ovenproof dish.

Melt the ghee or butter in a small saucepan over medium heat, stir in the cardamom seeds, cinnamon sticks, lemon rind and honey and cook for 2 minutes until bubbling. Pour the mixture evenly over the figs.

Bake in a preheated oven, 200°C (400°F), Gas Mark 6, for 20 minutes. Serve dusted with icing sugar accompanied by yogurt, crème fraîche or clotted cream, to be dolloped into the middle of each fig.

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