Baked Figs & Feta

Clean and fresh, this dish offers wonderful contrasting flavours. The sweetness of the honey and fresh figs beautifully complement the saltniness of the feta cheese and spiciness of the chilli flakes. The figs render their juice during the baking time, enough to dip a beautiful piece of bread in the sauce. Delightful.
In season, these make for a fantastic appetizer ! End of August, early September is Fig season. They are delicate, sweet and melt in your mouth. This is a wonderful recipe which takes a few minutes to prepare and will please the entire family. I prepare them in a baking glass pan for a large group and everyone enjoy them, as they are sweet, salty with the addition of Goat Feta Cheese, a drizzle of honey and the heat of Espelette powder or Chilli flakes.
Only buy the best Feta cheese you can find as it is one of the stars of this dish.

INGREDIENTS
12 Fresh Figs cut in quarters – Do not cut them entirely, simply make a large incision, as to fill them with a piece of cheese. Leave about 2-3 cm. uncut.
150 Gr. Fresh Feta Cheese cut in bite size pieces – I use goat feta cheese which is dryer and quite salty.
3 Tablespoons Honey
3 Tablespoons White wine
1 Tablespoon Honey
1 Teaspoon Piment d’Espelette or Chill flakes
Cracked Pepper to Taste

METHOD
Preheat your oven at 180 Celsius
Wash and cut the figs in a cross section and open slightly – Place a small piece of Feta in each one and sprinkle with pepper & Piment d’Espelette or Cayenne or Hot Paprika or even Chilli flakes.
Place in an oven bake dish and drizzle with honey, olive oil and pour the wine at the bottom of the dish.
Bake for 30 minutes, until the figs are soft and juicy.
Serve with a piece of Baguette and a glass of Sancerre ! Happy Days.

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