Michael has been waking up very early to exercise. I benefit from this because when he comes home, he’s always hungry and in the mood to make a big breakfast. This morning, Michael must have also been feeling extra creative because he had the great idea to caramelize the figs (which we normally would have just eaten fresh).
Caramelizing figs sounds hard, but it’s actually really easy! Slice the figs in half lengthwise and heat a small amount of oil or butter in a sauté pan over medium heat. Place the figs flesh-side down and allow the heat to brown the fruit. Resist the urge to move the figs around the pan. It’s best to let them cook undisturbed (walk away for a few minutes if you have to!). Flip the figs to the skin-side and allow them to brown. This cooking method concentrates the sugars and brings out the natural sweetness of the fruit.
Figs are not the only fruits that you can caramelize. Use the same exact approach with peaches, nectarines, plums, plantains, bananas, apples, pears, cherries….
When Michael was making these caramelized figs, I just happened to be making some farro breakfast cereal. We topped the farro with the warm figs and some chopped walnuts. The result was fancy and delicious!
Caramelize some figs this week! Enjoy them for breakfast, like we did, or try these ideas:
- Caramelized Figs with Vanilla Ice Cream and Aged Balsamic Vinegar from Epicurious
- Fresh Fig Salad with Feta and Blistered Jalapeños from Food and Wine
- Caramelized Figs With Honey, Thyme and Crème Fraîche from The New York Times