With Summer, brings the season of figs to our backyard. So I thought, why not make a fig series, where I show you what I love to make with all the delicious figs from our backyard. So this is Part 1 of the Fig Series! The backyard is a place my parents have been tending to since I was a baby. They both have a green thumb, they plant it and it flourishes. In the backyard, we have avocados, tangerines, strawberries, tomatoes, green beans, figs, Chinese bitter melon, green onions, cilantro and so much more. And right now it’s peak fig season, we pick about 30-40 figs every two days and store them in the fridge inside old strawberry containers.
We love figs, and we love eating and baking with them as well. One of my favorite things to eat for lunch has been a fig and salmon salad. Slice up some fresh figs, add some pieces of salmon on top and with a little toasted-sesame dressing, I have lunch!
We also love making fig jam, raw bars (try my Coconut Cacao Raw Bars), cookies, there are so many things you can do with figs. And not to mention, the beautiful colors that figs have inside. We have both light green (adriatic) and dark purple (black mission) figs, both with their own unique color inside.
One night at the dinner table we started talking about apple pie which led to apple clafouti, which was one of the first desserts my little sister made on her own in the kitchen. And right after dinner, we decided to bake a fig clafoutis! For this recipe, you can use apples, figs, or even plums would be delicious inside. Once baked, the figs are still juicy, but their flavor has been enhanced and sweetened, making this such a treat to eat! Here’s how we made it:
Fig Clafoutis — Gluten-free
makes: one 9 inch round clafoutis
about 11 figs, cut in half (or about 1 lb of fruit)
3 Tbsp butter, melted
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup heavy cream
1/3 cup gluten-free flour
butter to grease the pan
- Pre-heat your oven to 375F
- Wash and pat dry your figs, then trim off the tips and slice in half
- Melt the butter in the microwave or over the stove in a pan
- In a bowl, combine the melted butter, eggs, white sugar, heavy cream, and gluten-free flour
- Grease your oven-safe glass pan
- Pour the mixture into the glass pan and arrange your figs halves on top
- Bake at 375F for 40-45 minutes
- Let cool for 10 minutes before serving
While this was baking, our entire house started smelling like the best bakery you ever walked into. My entire family and I couldn’t wait for it to cool down enough for us to start digging into it. It’s great eating fresh from the oven, nice and warm or even the next day from the fridge when it’s cold. Personally, I think both are great, but for the summer I’ve been enjoying it cold with a little whipped cream on top.
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