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The Secret to Figgy Fig Drinks: Turn on Your Oven

I think that eating a fresh fig straight from the tree is one of life's singular pleasures, but getting that amazing fig flavor into a beverage is a bit of a challenge. Simply muddling figs into a drink won't really cut it. It may give the drink visual appeal, but won't impart much, if any, flavor. Cooking down figs into a syrup can end up tasting sweet and caramelly, but it won't retain much of the original fig's personality. More

Flavorful Fig Syrup

Eating a fresh fig straight from the tree is one of life's singular pleasures, but getting that amazing fig flavor into drinks is a bit of a challenge. The solution is to infuse a combination of slightly juicy oven-dried figs and store-bought dried figs into a simple syrup. More

Graham Cracker Figgy Pudding

Rich in diced figs and spices, this pudding gives a hint of fruitcakey-ness, but with a flavor that is far superior. The figs give it a mellow, almost honey-like sweetness, and keep it just moist enough to be slightly sticky, but not so sticky that it sticks to your teeth. More

Pizza With Figs, Mozzarella, and Goat's Milk Feta

Even in California, fig season doesn't last forever, and the specimens I was picking up last week had already lost their figgy luster. The best way to use less-than-perfect figs is to cook them. Not only does this drive off some of their moisture, concentrating their flavor, but it also converts some of their more complex sugars to simple sugars that are sweeter than their precursors. Your figs become jammier and all around tastier. This works especially well on a pizza cooked in a hot oven because that bite of cheese and drizzle of olive oil can go straight on top with the figs. More

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