Fig and Honey Crumble with Lavender and Coconut
Figs! Having just come into season here in South Africa, they have been keeping me awake at night for far too long now. Fig crumble, honey roast chicken with figs and a gorgonzola and pecan nut salad, poached figs in a spicy red wine reduction with clotted cream – see what I mean? I have been relentlessly hounded by fig fantasies. And so it was with much delight that I received a little parcel of farm-fresh beauties last weekend from Rob’s chic and cheffy Aunty Sue in Stellenbosch and couldn’t wait to put them to work. This crumble was made all the more delicious by the fact that it turned up at our dinner table on the eve of my book launch, and so was shared with my Mum and friend Jenna who were both in town to share in the fun. So now I am happy to share with you a humble little fig crumble that will have you swooning.
Serves 4 | Preparation time 5 minutes | Cooking time 15 minutes
WHAT YOU’LL NEED
8 fresh figs, quartered*
2 Tbsp honey
3 Tbsp slivered almonds or chopped pecan nuts (optional)
175g butter (about 1/4 of a 500g block), roughly chopped
1/3 cup brown sugar (caster sugar will also do)
1/2 cup plain flour
4 Tbsp plain rolled oats
6 Tbsp desiccated coconut
2 lavender flower heads, petals only (optional)
1 tsp vanilla extract
WHAT TO DO
1. Pre-heat your oven to 180C. Take 4 ramekins, or 1 larger baking dish and grease lightly with butter.
2. Divide the figs between the ramekins or place them all in the baking dish. Top with the nuts and honey.
3. In a separate bowl, mix together the butter, brown sugar, plain flour, coconut, lavender flowers and vanilla either by hand or in a food processor. Mix until the mixture has a rough crumbly texture and the butter has been incorporated into the dry mixture. Top the figs with this mixture.
4. Place in the oven for approximately 15 minutes until the topping is golden and the fig juices are bubbling.
5. Serve with double cream, custard or mascarpone, or even ice cream.
*3-4 cubs berries, fresh or frozen and thawed and drained will also do
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