Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Recipe - Moroccan Dinner Party: Saffron scented fresh figs with cinnamon and honey

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If fresh figs are in season, this is your lucky day.  This dish is incredibly quick, simple and delicious.  You will receive "oohs" and "ahhs" and the great thing is that it actually looks and tastes impressive.


50 g white sugar, I used castor sugar
saffron (1 large pinch)
1 cinnamon stick
2 tablespoons honey
8 fresh figs, cut in half lengthways (or 2 figs per person)
150 g thick sweetened Greek yogurt, to serve
Gound cinnamon to serve


Place 300ml cold water, the sugar, saffron, cinnamon stick and honey in a large pan, stirring to dissolve the sugar.

Bring to the boil gently and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes, or until the syrup has reduced slightly.

You will see that the syrup will turn a beautiful amber colour and you'll be able to smell the saffron and hints of cinnamon.

Add the figs and simmer for a further 5 minutes or until tender. Remove from the heat and discard the cinnamon stick.

Serve the figs warm with the yogurt and drizzled with the saffron syrup. I also sprinkled some ground cinnamon over the top.

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