Roast figs with cinnamon, thyme and honey


With figs very much in season, and there for the picking in the vineyards (for free !), Tamasin Day Lewis's luscious roasted figs make a simple but impressive dessert for a special occasion.

Prep time: 20 min
Cook time: 20 min, plus standing
Serves: 6


  • 3 tbsp clear honey
  • knob of butter
  • 1 tbsp orange liqueur
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 12 figs
  • 1 tsp thyme (this grows wild in the vineyards too)


  1. Preheat the oven to 190°C/gas 5.
  2. Put the honey, butter, liqueur and cinnamon in a small saucepan. Heat gently, stirring, until liquid.
  3. Using a small, sharp knife, make a cut like a cross in the top of each fig, cutting almost down to the base.
  4. Place them upright in a roasting pan, splaying them out shamelessly as you go. Pour the liquid over each one. Roast for 15 minutes.
  5. Sprinkle a bit of thyme over each fig. Return to the oven, switch it off, leaving the door ajar. Leave the figs in the oven for 5-10 minutes before serving.