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Recipes with Laurel Leaves

A. FIGS WITH LAUREL

Ingredients

  • 6 figs (I use large purple figs)
  • 14 fresh laurel leaves (aka bay leaves) 
  • 4 teaspoons brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • mixed ground pepper (white, green, red, black peppercorns)

Directions

  • Preheat the oven : on GRILL mode 180°C (350°F), with the oven rack placed near the top.
  • Wash the figs and remove the small stems. Next make two deep cuts into each fig in the form of a cross – the cut should be more than 3/4 the way through the fig. Place the figs in a baking dish.
  • Now generously sprinkle the centre of each fig with ground mixed pepper, followed by the brown sugar.
  • Next put one fresh laurel leaf (bay leaf) in the centre of each fig, and arrange the rest around the baking dish close to the figs.
  • Finally lightly drizzle the olive oil in and around the figs.
  • Grill the figs in the oven for 8 minutes – make sure that they are close enough to the grill for the brown sugar to melt but not too close that the laurel leaves will burn.
  • Remove and serve immediately.