Oh, how I love this time of the year, the leaves are turning yellow and red, copious amounts of tea, cozy jumpers and lots of ripe jammy plump figs from my local Lebanese shop.
There are few classic fig recipes I like to make like the frangipane tart above but I also love to experiment. Figs and thyme, figs and mozzarella, figs and pistachios. Sweet or savoury. I can go on.
The tart above is from Jamie Oliver’s Italian cookbook and you can find the recipe here. It’s very easy to make and looks very impressive especially when served with mascarpone, or served warm with ice cream. I would only adjust the amount of sugar in the frangipane, I found it a tad too sweet.
Please ignore my burned table, it’s on the never ending DIY list.
My second fig recipe are pistachio friands, I prefer to use pistachios (after being convinced by a friend of their superiority to almonds) they give the cakes a nice bite and texture plus I just love the flavour.
The recipe is here, they are perfect if you don’t have time but still want to impress and can be baked, like mine, in a muffin tray.
Then there are the chocolate mini loaves which should be made with raspberries but figs work very well too. I just realised that all the recipes are in one post from the same time last year when I baked them all for Freddie’s Christening party. Again, these can be put together in about 5 minutes and the baking time is very short, delicious when slightly warm with runny centers.
There was also a pizza, an experimental one but rather successful. Just a basic pizza dough with mozzarella, figs, peaches, fresh thyme and sea salt.
What are your favourite things to eat in autumn?