Jul 252010


I’m  loopy over fresh figs; such a seductive fruit. And I love the fig tree, especially on hot summer nights, when the big, coarse leaves smell deliciously like vanilla and cinnamon. I like its sturdy stance, and the branches so generously laden with green and purple-striped fruit. To open a fig plucked right off the tree and see the mysterious red heart that promises a mouthful of sweetness, well…it’s a moment to cherish and come back to when you need to remember how good life can be.

There’s a great big old fig tree in my neighborhood that I visit once in a while, checking if the hard green little figs have ripened yet. I suspect the neighborhood kids and the birds will get most of them, but maybe I’ll get some too, if I’m alert. Till I can forage my figs, the shuk offers plenty of them. So I brought two kilos home.

Two kilos! That’s a lot of delicate figs. Now I had a kitchen dilemma. Could we eat them up before they spoil?

Figs baked with honey; that was good. Chilled fresh figs with frozen arak poured on top; also good. And before Shabbat, a cobbler, to finish them up. The recipe’s easy and it only takes half an hour to bake. The cobbler is light, just sweet enough, and a little different from the usual peach or apple cobblers.

Fig Cobbler


1 cup all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 eggs, beaten

1/2 cup sugar, and another 1/2 cup later

2 tablespoons softened butter or margerine

2 tablespoons milk or orange juice

1/2 cup sweet or semi-sweet wine (I used Emerald Reisling)

3-4 cups figs, sliced into quarters

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

optional: whipped cream


Preheat the oven to 375° F, 190° C. Use a medium cake pan or quiche dish.

1. Cut the stem end away from the tops of the figs; discard them and quarter the fruit.  Sprinkle the cinnamon over the figs and set aside.

2. Mix the flour, baking powder, and salt.

3. Beat the eggs; add 1/2  cup of sugar. Add the butter or margarine and the milk.

4. To the wet ingredients, add the flour mixture. Stir gently until the ingredients are just combined. Pour the batter into the pan.

5. In a medium saucepan, boil the wine and the second 1/2 cup of sugar for 5 minutes. Add the figs; turn them over in the hot syrup and pour the mixture over the batter.

Bake 30 minutes.

Serve warm or at room temperature, with whipped cream if you wish.


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  3. I made this with figs and plums (what I had on hand). It was DELICIOUS! Thanks!

  4. You’re very welcome, Jackie! Glad your cobbler was great.

  5. This was AWESOME! I’m getting about 8-10 cups of figs off my tree every 2-3 days. This recipe was tasty and easy!

    I did find that the edges darkened much too fast, but I tossed a pie shield ove the edges and it came out great! I think this happened because I used more like 5 cups of figs so the middle cooked slower.

  6. Haley, thanks for telling me! And lucky you to have a fig tree. It sounds like you caught your baking problem in time and did just the right thing to fix it.

  7. I made this today and it came out delicious!! It’s really good with vanilla ice cream. We had a bag full of figs and didn’t know how to use them up fast enough. Thank you for the recipe! I’m sure we will make this again!

  8. Hi Samantha, and excuse my delayed answer. I’m really glad you enjoyed the cobbler. I’ll be making another one for the weekend too. Good idea, the vanilla ice cream!

  9. Would bourbon work? Or Marsala wine? Rum?

  10. Ellen, Marsala would be fine. Wishing you a delicious cobbler!

  11. Thanks. Everyone thought it was delicious. I ended up using Grand Marnier to make the syrup. Not terribly distinctive. I will try bourbon next time. Now I just need my darling neighbors to bring more figs!

  12. Lucky you, Ellen, to have figgy neighbors! Glad to hear that your cobbler was a hit. Bourbon? Sounds good to me.

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