I love fresh figs. I love the smell of them when they are on the trees. It smells like coconut sun cream when I run past them with the dog. Like Hawaian Tropic. I also think Jo Malone’s perfume, Wild Fig & Cassis, smells like coconut too. That’s my favourite summer fragrance, in case you were wondering. Which you weren’t. That and Clarins Eau Dynamisante.
So back to figs. That actually may be the smell of them rotting on the ground. That’s the thing with fig trees, you always end up with a glut of figs. We are coming to the end of the early season figs here at the moment called “Brevas”. They are larger and darker coloured whereas the later season ones “Higos”, that are starting to ripen now, are smaller and light green.
But my favourite at the moment is this clafoutis. It’s quick, easy and not at all bad for you really. Amaretto aside, of course. But a world without Amaretto would be a much sadder place don’t you think?
Makes 3 small individual, double recipe for 1 large one
- 2 large eggs, separated
- 4 Tbsp honey
- 1 Tbsp wholemeal spelt flour
- 1/2 Tbsp ground almonds
- 165 ml (3/4 cup) goat’s (or Greek) yoghurt)
- grated zest of 1/4 orange
- a pinch of salt
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- a few drops of almond essence
- 2 tsp amaretto liqueur
- 2 or 3 figs quartered
- flaked almonds
Preheat oven to 180C and oil & flour your tins or terracotta dishes.
Separate the yolks and the whites into 2 bowls. Whisk the yolks and honey until pale and creamy. Gently fold in the flour & ground almonds and stir in the yoghurt, essences, amaretto, salt & orange zest.
With an electric whisk, whisk the egg whites until firm and fluffy like meringue. Add a little of the whites to the other mixture to loosen it then carefully fold in the rest of the whites trying not top deflate them too much. When the white is incorporated into the rest, pour the mixture into the prepared dishes and top with the pieces of fig.
Bake for about 15 minutes then scatter over a few flaked almonds and bake for another 5 minutes until cooked. Longer for a large clafoutis.
Serve warm or at room temperature.