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Fig Spoon Sweet
From Secrets of Fat-Free Greek Cooking, by Elaine Gavalas

Figs are one of the wondrous, ancient fruits of Homer's Greece. Fresh off the vine or baked with honey and lavender blossoms as seen in the following recipe, figs are absolutely delicious. Traditionally, baked figs and their juice are served in a crystal bowl accompanied by a demitasse of Greek coffee.


12 soft, ripe, fresh figs
1/4 cup honey (preferably Greek honey)
1/2 tsp minced organic and pesticide-free fresh lavender blossoms, or 1 tsp of minced fresh mint
1 cup water


Preheat the oven to 300F (150C; Gas Mark 2).

With a fork, pierce the figs all over, then place them in an 8-inch square baking pan. Drizzle with honey and sprinkle with lavender. Add the water to the pan.

Bake for about 25 to 35 minutes, or until the figs are soft.

Serve warm, either plain or with a scoop of plain or vanilla frozen yogurt.

Yield: 6 servings

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