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Fresh Figs with Goat Cheese & Honey

Fresh figs are in season, filling up farmers’ market stands with their sweet, floral scent. While dried figs are commonly used in baked goods, their fresh counterparts are deliciously different – like fresh apricots vs dried – and make beautiful, simple hors d’ouevres that are perfect for summer entertaining.

Figs are fragile, and so often come boxed with a protective insert to prevent bruising. Like other fruit, they come in a variety of colours – most commonly green or purply black.

Cut them in quarters almost all the way through – if you like, they can be roasted at this point, either rubbed with oil or drizzled with honey. Place them on a rimmed baking sheet and roast at 350F until they start to soften and release their juices.

If you don’t want to turn on the oven, serve them as is – press to gently open the quarters like a flower, then crumble in some soft goat or blue cheese. Place on a platter and drizzle with good-quality honey, then sprinkle with a light grinding of black pepper. Voila – an elegant appetizer in under 10 minutes, with no need to turn on the oven!

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