Stewed figs with sliced almonds, vanilla whipped cream and puff pastry

Now I’m not a big dessert maker, I find baking tedious and I don’t have a major sweet tooth but this effort will definitely go on the ‘fit to serve guests’ list. Not only was it easy but it tasted fantastic.

Orange cinnamon syrup

1 orange – juiced
2 teaspoons zest
1/2 a cinnamon stick
1 tablespoon caster sugar

Place all of the ingredients in a saucepan and simmer for 5-10 mins on a low heat. This part can be done in advance which is rather helpful.

Vanilla whipped cream

1/2 container of thickened cream ( you can use more, this was enough for two people)
1/2 teaspoon caster sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla essence

Mix ingredients together and beat until the cream forms peaks.

When it comes time to have dessert pop 1/2 of 1/4 of a sheet of puff pastry (or 1/8th) per person into the oven (brushed with milk or egg white). Place another baking tray over the top to weigh the pastry down and bake in the oven on about 180ºC for 10-15 mins or until golden brown.

Meanwhile place 2 figs per person (quartered) into the syrup and warm until figs begin to soften.

Once the pastry is read place it on the plate, top with the figs (removed from syrup), cream, almonds then drizzle the rest of the syrup over the top. If the syrup is very runny just simmer it with the lid of for a short time until it begins to thicken.

Enjoy. I did.


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