|Our fig trees is doing well and bears an abundance of fruit.|
|This beautiful small painting by Julian Merrow-Smith is one of my favourites.|
|You will notice that the foreword was written by Isie K Smuts|
Isie Smuts was the wife to the then President Genl. Jan Smuts
|Ready for use|
|The scraping and cross section process.|
|We add some leaves during the boiling process to retain the colour of the figs.|
We make them with paper-thin slices of lemon and ginger and this pleasure is served with buttermilk biscuits.
There is the fig and walnut conserve.
I also make fig conserve with lavender, pine nuts and port.
Our fig preserve is use to make my Granny's voluptuous fig plated bread
A favourite at De Oude Huize Yard is Sweet potato cake served with green figs.
Figs are Delicious halved or quarted in a salad with goat's cheese and biltong and then drizzle with a little of herb salad dressing.
I found this wonderful Clafoutis here
Clafoutis is more commonly made with cherries and consists of a batter poured on top of the fruit and baked in the oven. The recipe is the same for figs.
Fig clafoutis with almonds
100g brown sugar
Few drops vanilla essence
4 whole eggs
100g powdered almonds
50cl crème liquide
60g maize flour
50g flaked almonds
Preheat oven to 180°C. Melt butter in a saucepan till it becomes foamy then remove from heat and set aside. Using a pastry brush spread a little melted butter on the base and sides of an oven dish and sprinkle with a little sugar. Cut figs in quarters and place in dish.
In a food processor, mix eggs, brown sugar, vanilla essence, powdered almonds, cream, melted butter and maize flour until well combined (about 2 minutes). Pour the batter over the figs and place in the oven for 30 minutes. Then lower temperature to 160°C, sprinkle clafoutis with flaked almonds and cook for a further 15-20 minutes. Insert the point of a knife – if it comes out clear, it’s done.
Serve warm or cold with pouring cream.
Lots of blessing from South Africa
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