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Roasted figs with pomegranate molasses and orange zest

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3 tbsp pomegranate molasses
1 tbsp lemon juice
3 tbsp dark muscovado sugar
4 thyme sprigs, 2 whole and 2 picked leaves
Skin of 1 orange, 3 long shaved strips and the rest grated
8 fresh figs, cut in half lengthways
100g mascarpone
100g Greek yoghurt
1 tbsp icing sugar

I can’s emphasize enough how crucial it is to choose good, sweet, squidgy figs, no matter what you do with them. It makes all the difference. Serves four


Put together in a large mixing bowl the pomegranate molasses, lemon juice, 1 tablespoon of the sugar, 2 thyme sprigs, 1 tablespoon of water, the orange skin strips and a pinch of salt. Mix well to dissolve the sugar and then stir in the figs. Set aside to marinate for 30 minutes.

Meanwhile, whisk together in a small bowl the mascarpone, yoghurt and icing sugar until smooth. Keep chilled.

Remove the figs from the bowl (keeping the marinade) and arrange them snugly inside a small baking tray, roughly 20x20cm, the cut side facing up. Sprinkle the figs with the remaining sugar and put under a hot grill, clearing about 15cm from the grill. Grill for 10 minutes, or until the sugar has caramelised and the figs softened.

Meanwhile, pour the marinating liquids into a small saucepan, bring to the boil and then simmer for 2-4 minutes or until the sauce is reduced by half and has a consistency of runny honey.
Transfer the hot figs to serving plates and spoon over any leftover syrup from the baking tray, then drizzle over the sauce reduction and sprinkle with picked thyme leaves. Place a spoonful of the yoghurt cream on the side or on the figs and sprinkle over the remaining orange zest. Serve at once.

Perfect with

  1. Pomegranate molasses

    Possibly Yotam's desert island luxury, this is a must-have syrup for all Ottolenghi homecooks

    Pomegranate molasses


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  • Recipes Simply delicious
    (19/09/2014) Absolutely delicious and so quick and simple to make. Made it for friends last weekend and they loved it. The hint of thyme is perfect, an amazing addition.
  • Recipes fantastic way to use figs!
    (26/01/2014) i am addicted to figs when they're in season and loved this method of cooking them - the pomegranate added a slightly sour flavour which offset the sweetness perfectly. i only had greek yoghurt with it and this was still creamy enough for me.
  • Recipes Fantastic
    (18/10/2013) I made this last Sunday, living in France I was able to source really good figs, it was really delicious, and all my guest thought it was
    one of the nicest desserts they had, had in a long time. Can't wait
    to make it again, what I did do was not grill them, just roasted them as my oven was already on