The fig season runs from July to October in the United Kingom. We recommend you get your hands on as many of these velvety fruits as you can whilst they are plump, syrupy and in season. Use them in baking, salads or add them to summer and autumn cheeseboards. If you're lucky enough to have a glut of figs on your hands, consider drying them for later use, or making jams or compotes.
Enjoy the flavours of fig, orange and almond in this Cypriot loaf cake. It is wonderful for afternoon tea or dessert and best served with a healthy spoonful of Greek yoghurt.
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A collection of fig recipes is not complete without an entry from Ottolenghi. This show-stopping Pavlova makes an excellent summer or autumn centre piece.
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Fig, frangipane and buttery pastry are a match made in heaven, as these French tartlets attest. Serve with a dollop of creme fraiche for a winning dinner party dessert.
Here's another Ottolenghi recipe for good measure. Sweet potatoes and figs combine perfectly with fresh spring onions and tart balsamic vinegar. This well-balanced salad makes a filling vegetarian meal.
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This stunning layer cake is a true celebration of figs. Fresh, chopped figs are stirred through the cake batter before baking and sandwiching together with whipped marscapone and caramel.
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Serve your seasonal figs simply in this summer salad with burrata, rocket and basil. Get the very best figs you can for this recipe, they really are the star of the dish.
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Preserve the fleeting fig season with this lip-smacking jam recipe. Use later in the year for canapés, cakes or simply slather on toast.
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