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Broiled Figs Recipe with Honey and Vanilla

Fire up the broiler, add a touch of vanilla and honey to your fig halves, and in ten minutes you'll have a sweet little treat on your hands. They'll be practically naked, yet delicately enhanced.


  • 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.
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