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The Crisper Whisperer: The World's Second-Easiest Fig Dessert

Since the dawn of humanity, figs and nakedness have gone together. I know, that sounds like the opening line of the worst seventh-grade history report any kindhearted teacher has ever been forced to read. But don't worry, we're not going down the road you think we are. I'm talking about the nakedness of the figs themselves.

There are all sorts of wonderful ways to cook up figs. Some of the best ones involve pizza dough, or flaky pastry, or cured meats and piquant cheeses. But since fig season is short in many parts of the world—and since figs are positively jewel-like all by themselves—sometimes the best thing to do is to simply eat them out of hand for a snack or for dessert. I mean, just look at them. A naked fig makes a perfect dessert.

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That's why this recipe is for the world's second-easiest fig dessert. Let's say you're a fan of figs just the way they are. Even so, sometimes you want something a little warm and jammy after dinner. Or maybe you have some company to impress without a lot of effort. Or maybe you had to buy your figs at the supermarket, and they're not quite as succulent as they could be. That's where broiled figs with vanilla and honey come in.

Fire up the broiler, add a touch of vanilla and honey to your fig halves, and in ten minutes you'll have a sweet little treat on your hands. They'll be practically naked, yet delicately enhanced.

About the author: Carolyn Cope is the voice behind the popular food blog Umami Girl. A recent transplant to London, she's trying her best to act nonchalant in the company of courgettes and aubergines. Find her on Facebook and Twitter.

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