Wonder Wednesday #23:Figgy Fun Easy Summer Recipe!!
Happy Wonder Wednesday!
We are in the thick of summer and that means it is time for fruit picking! Hooray for peaches, blueberries, blackberries and figs!!! YUUUUUMM! I love picking fruits in the summer and making cobblers and crumbles and especially putting them over homemade ice cream. So this month, Wonder Wednesday celebrates summer’s sweet bounty with an easy recipe that you can make with children or just for yourself (shhh I won’t tell them…).
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On to the Figs!!
I think figs are a funny fruit. They are kinda fancy in recipes, but they are also kinda down home when you go picking and eating from the trees. These super tasty summer treats are native to the middle east and western Asia, have been cultivated since ancient times, and make for a great sensorial extension to ancient culture lessons.
Botanically, figs are also interesting because the flower is actually blooming inside what we refer to as the fruit, but is actually considered a false fruit. Have you ever noticed the little hole at the base of the fig? This hole allows the specialized fig wasp to enter and pollinate the flower inside to produce seeds grown from the “fruit.” Weird right?
Do you have a fig tree or farm nearby where you can pick figs? If so that is great, but don’t worry, to serve 4 this recipe only takes 8 figs, so if you don’t you can just buy some at your farmers market or grocery store. All you need is honey, figs, water, nutmeg, and allspice. Balsamic vinegar is optional. (If you are making this with children I’d leave it out. I tried it both ways and the vinegar makes it taste sweet and sour, like harvard beets).
First, cut the stems off the figs. Use about 8-10 depending on how big they are.
Then, add 1 1/2 cups water and 1/4 cup honey to a saucepan on medium
Next, add in 1 tsp nutmeg and 1 tsp allspice.
And add the 8-10 figs. Stir regularly and let reduce for 15 minutes. I kinda mashed the figs a little to get the sauce inside as they softened, but I don’t think you are really supposed to do that so they will look prettier when you serve them.
After 15 minutes, remove the figs from the sauce and set aside. (See a little mashed and less pretty.)
Reduce the liquid 5-15 minutes more or until syrupy.
Meanwhile, you may want to get started making your vanilla ice cream if you aren’t using store bought. I made a coconut milk based vanilla.
But in all your ice cream making, don’t forget about your reduction! Once it is syrupy (about 10 minutes), add the cooked figs back in and either remove from heat or let reduce no more than 5 more minutes, depending on how thick you want the syrup. I like mine nice and glazey thick.
And finally serve your honey fig glaze over your ice cream!! I couldn’t wait for my ice cream to chill all the way, so I ate it a little soft right out the maker. It was sooooooo goood!! (PS do you love that little bowl? Well check out my friend tracy’s work at Tracy McEvilly Ceramics. She has the most beautiful nature inspired dishes!!)
See how easy this is! It’s a one pot stop to tasty summer figgy fun! Children can help with every step from picking the figs and taking off the stems to stirring the reduction and making sure it doesn’t burn to pouring in the ice cream ingredients and topping the ice cream with the fig glaze sauce! (All carefully with adult direction if using a knife and around the hot stove top of course.)
What’s your favorite summer fruit recipe?
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Did you love some of the little bowls in the shots? Well check out my friend tracy’s work at Tracy McEvilly Ceramics. She has the most beautiful nature inspired dishes!! I think I will do an entire post on her! Hers is the flower shaped bowl with the reduction in it. The little pitcher and the square dish with the ice cream is by Lotta Jansdotter.