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Baked Custard with Figs

Yep, I love the figs. I had a few left over from my most recent purchase and decided to riff off a Food & Wine recipe called “Black Mission Fig Clafoutis.” I figured I would rename it since:

  1. I had brown turkey figs, not black mission
  2. After looking up clafoutis, I still didn’t know how to pronounce it but I knew the word clafoutis didn’t sound yummy
  3. I wanted to sub buttermilk for the half-and-half to make it healthier and because I didn’t want to go to the store

The end result of my experimentation was tasty and reminded me of a thin buttermilk pie. If you don’t like figs (crazy you!) then you can put whatever fruit you like on top. Here’s how to make it…

Baked Custard with Figs

Ingredients

  • 1 cup low-fat buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar, plus more for the pan
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tsps pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp triple sec (or finely grated orange zest)
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • Spray oil for pan (or melted butter)
  • 3/4 lb fresh figs (about 6-8 large)
  • Confectioner’s sugar, for dusting

Directions

In a blender, combine the buttermilk, sugar, eggs, vanilla, triple sec and salt. Add the flour in three batches, pulsing for 10 seconds between additions. Let the batter stand at room temperature for 30 minutes.

Baked Custard with Figs

Cut your fresh figs in half like so:

Baked Custard with Figs

Set up your grill for indirect heat and level out at 425 degrees. (Or preheat your oven to 425 degrees.) Brush a 10-inch cast iron skillet (or other baking dish) with butter or spray with oil. Dust with granulated sugar.

Baked Custard with Figs

Pulse the batter once more and pour into the skillet. Set the figs, halved sides up, in the skillet.

Baked Custard with Figs

Bake for 35- 40 minutes, or until the custard is set and brown around the edges.

Baked Custard with Figs

Cool for five minutes and dust with confectioner’s sugar.

Baked Custard with Figs

Serve warm.

Baked Custard with Figs

I have seen this loaded with raspberries, cherries, whatever you like. I am no baker so let me assure you that the batter is super easy.

I’ll be trying out a new method for some spare ribs this weekend (and putting an Italian spin on them) so will let you know how that turns out.

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Fresh Fig Salad

Like many of you, my first experience (and for a long time, my only experience) eating figs was in the highly-processed form of Fig Newtons. I’m not slamming Fig Newtons — they are pretty tasty — but I have developed a real love for fresh figs. This love was encouraged by my dad. He has been known to scout out fig bushes in his small town so he can sneak a few when they are in season. Luckily, one is near a local museum where he volunteers and — since figs are not a universally-admired fruit — no one minds him taking a few. One time I showed up for a visit and the first thing he said to me was, “I have some fresh figs and good blue cheese for us to eat!” We may have done a little mutual happy dance.

Friends, fresh figs that are perfectly ripe are a beautiful and fleeting thing. Right now they are showing up in my local grocery store — mostly black mission and brown turkey figs. So, when I saw them, I knew I had to make a fig salad. This is the yumminess that ensued…

Fig Salad (serves 2 as a large side)

  • Throw two big handfuls of greens in your salad bowl. (This time I went with mixed butter lettuces.)
  • Depending on fig size or your preference, cut 4-5 figs into either quarters or eighths.
  • Sprinkle with 1-2 ounces fresh goat cheese ( you can also use blue cheese — my hubby is not as big a fan as I am)
  • You can also throw in nuts — candied nuts, especially pecans, are a great addition. This was a weekday salad for me, so I kept it simple.
  • Grind some pepper on top.
  • Now, just whip up your easy salad dressing. I used 1 tbsp each fig jam, balsamic vinegar, and olive oil. If you don’t have fig jam, you could use honey or brown sugar. Drizzle on top.

Fresh Fig Salad

If you use bagged greens, you have a delicious side salad in about 5 minutes. And then you can focus on the eatin!

Fresh Fig Salad

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