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Baked Figs with Honey and Whiskey Recipe

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Baked figs are sweetened with honey, kicked up with Scotch whiskey, and topped with toasted hazelnuts for a light dessert that is far from ordinary.

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes


  • 1/4 cup hazelnuts
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup Scotch or other whiskey
  • 8 large or 12 small Mission figs, stemmed
  • Butter-flavor spray
  • Mint sprigs for garnish (optional)


Toast hazelnuts in a 400-degree oven for 5 minutes. Put them in a tea towel and rub them against each other to remove skins. Chop and set aside. Raise oven temperature to 500 degrees F.

Combine honey and Scotch whiskey in a small sauce pan and bring to a boil, stirring. Turn off heat.

Meanwhile, cut figs in half, lengthwise. Spray an gratin dish large enough to hold all the figs in one layer with butter-flavor spray. Put in figs, cut side up. Drizzle with honey-Scotch mixture. Sprinkle with hazelnuts.

Bake 7 to 10 minutes, depending on size, or just until they soften but are not falling apart. Cool to warm and put 4 to 6 fig halves on each of 4 serving plates. Spoon pan juices over figs. If desired, put a mint sprig in the middle.

Yield: 4 servings

Recipe Source: Cooking to Beat the Clock by Sam Gugino (Chronicle Books)
Reprinted with permission.

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 4 out of 5
Yum! Adult dessert, Member cherylyum

Since I live in South Carolina, my ingredients changed just a bit. I used about 15 small honey figs, aged bourbon and pecans. This would be wonderful over ice cream, rice pudding,,, but it is fabulous by itself.

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