Baked dates and figs

A simple but scrumptious dessert from Tonia Buxton - luscious fresh dates and figs baked with honey and Middle Eastern spices
By Tonia Buxton
Baked dates and figs
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  • Serves: 3-4
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Effort: easy

Ingredients

main

  • butter, for greasing
  • 250 g fresh figs
  • 150 g fresh medjool dates
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ground allspice
  • juice of 1 lemons
  • 4 tbsp clear honey
  • crème fraîche or vanilla ice cream, to serve

Method

1. Preheat the oven to 220C/gas 7. Grease a shallow baking dish.

2. Slice the figs in half from top to bottom. Prick the skin with a fork.

3. Slice the dates in half lengthways and remove the stones.

4. Arrange the dates and figs alternately in the dish.

5. Sprinkle over the spices and lemon juice. Drizzle with the honey.

6. Bake for 20 minutes or until the honey starts to bubble.

7. Serve hot with crème fraîche or vanilla ice cream.

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