Indulge in Baked Figs, Yogurt, and Honey

fig yoghurt and honey

The first thing I did after arriving home yesterday evening was, naturally, to open the door of my fridge and peer inside.  I got nothing, I thought to myself.  But then I spotted a tub of Fage Greek yogurt in the corner of the bottom shelf.  I was able to locate a bottle of honey in the pantry, and I just knew I had it made.

Not too long after I started eating the yogurt with honey, I got an indescribable craving for figs.  The strength of this craving was really something – you’d think I was pregnant.  I figured my vision of eating figs, yogurt, and honey together was not unheard of – after all, each of the three is a sugary delight found all around the Mediterranean, especially in the Middle East. Here’s how I did it.

Well, the thing is, I didn’t have any figs.  But fat-free Fig Newtons served as a good enough substitute to satisfy my immense craving.  I broke the soft cookies into pieces and combined them with my yogurt-and-honey bowl.

The product was unbelievably good – and remember, that’s including processed, boxed fig cookies as opposed to the real fruit.  The Food Network website offers a recipe that’s the real thing plus some extra flavors:

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup full-fat yogurt (although I would prefer Fage “Total 0%” Greek strained yogurt)
  • 9 tablespoons honey (Go organic!)
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped mint
  • dash orange blossom water or rosewater
  • 12 fresh figs (bought in your favorite Arabic market, of course)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375° F.
  2. Stir yogurt with honey, mint, and flower water, and chill.
  3. Cut figs in half, and brush their flat sides with honey.  Place on a baking dish, and bake for 10 minutes or until warm.
  4. Add to the yogurt and drizzle honey.
  5. Serve warm.

I had a cold and fake version…but hey, it tasted great.  Mine was a light dinner, but this also seems like the perfect dessert.  For entertaining dinner guests or treating yourself after a day of school or work, try this simple but delectable recipe.

Image of fresh figs, yogurt, and honey from Shutterstock

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