Look at that gorgeous ruby red color. When I bought these fresh figs at the farmer’s market, I thought of about a dozen different things that I could make with them. Since these were my first figs of the season, I decided to make simple mini fig pies because I didn’t want to mask their unique natural flavor. What’s kind of cool about fresh figs is their texture; they’re smooth, slightly chewy and even a bit crunchy due to their seeds. I prefer fresh to dried any day. Fresh figs have a floral, honey-like flavor which is very different from the concentrated sweetness you get from a dried fig.
Did you know that a fig is actually a cluster of inverted tiny little flowers? True story. I was lucky to find sweet figs here in Morgantown. Typically they grow in warmer climates and transporting them can be tricky since they’re so delicate. Apparently there’s a variety that grows here in town but unfortunately the farmer selling the figs couldn’t tell me what that variety was.
Anyway, as I mentioned, I kept this dish very simple. For the crust, I used almond flour because I love its sweet nutty taste. I added a pinch of salt to balance some of the sweetness and make it taste more crust-like. You can use this golden, buttery crust with any fruit or with any filling. It’s awesome and complements whatever is inside. I was able to make six mini pies with this amount of dough but I probably could have squeezed out a seventh. Instead I made one pie a little fatter than the rest.
As for the figs, I simply drizzled honey on them and put them in the oven on broil for about five or so minutes. You can skip the honey if you want – roasting the figs will help bring out some of their natural sweetness.
Fresh figs are pretty juicy, so when you put them in the almond cups, be sure to add any juice leftover in the pan. The almond crust will soak it right up.
- 1 ½ c almond meal
- 1 tbs ghee
- 1 egg
- 1 tbs honey
- ¼ tsp baking soda
- pinch of sea salt
- 10-12 figs, cut however you want
- 1 teaspoon honey, adjust to taste
- Mix together all of the crust ingredients and put in a greased muffin pan.
- Bake at 350° for 10 minutes or until golden.
- To prepare figs, drizzle honey on figs and broil for about five minutes.
- Add figs to crust and enjoy!