Broiled Figs with Honey + Vanilla: An Easy Fig Dessert
Figs are perfect straight from the tree, right? That’s why this recipe is for the world’s second-easiest fig dessert. Let’s say you’re a fan of figs just the way they are. Even so, sometimes you want something a little warm and jammy after dinner. Sometimes you have some company to impress without a lot of effort. Or maybe you had to buy your figs at the supermarket, and they’re not quite as succulent as they could be. That’s where broiled figs with vanilla and honey come in.
With just the slightest bit of embellishment, this dead-easy recipe for broiled figs with vanilla and honey yields little jewels of jammy goodness in less than ten minutes.
This recipe will enhance any type of good fresh fig, but we especially love black mission figs for their taste, beautiful color, and wide availability.
- 8 perfectly ripe fresh figs
- 1/2 vanilla pod
- 1/4 cup honey, for drizzling (you won't use it all)
- Preheat the broiler (on low, if you have a choice), with the top rack about six inches below the heat source.
- Cut each fig in half from stem end to base. You'll be broiling the figs cut-side up, so if your figs aren't symmetrical, try to make the cut such that you'll have as stable a base as possible on the uncut side. Arrange the fig halves cut side up on a baking sheet.
- Slice open the vanilla bean with a paring knife and scrape out the seeds with the tip of the knife. Spread a bit of seeds on the cut side of each fig half. You don't need a lot to get a great vanilla flavor.
- Drizzle the cut side of each fig half lightly with honey. Again, you don't need too much.
- Place the pan on the top rack of the oven and broil for a few minutes, until the tops of the figs are bubbly and very lightly browned. (It takes about five minutes in my oven, but broilers vary substantially.)
- Serve warm by themselves or perched atop a small bowl of vanilla ice cream or Greek yogurt.