A cheese board without candied figs? No…not happening!

It is a running gag in my family that with any cheese board candied figs need to be served. That comes from a meal in a restaurant where we ordered a cheese board a couple of months ago and the candied figs were described absolutely beautiful in the menu. Unfortunately though the cheese board was tiny…and there were no candied figs at all.
Since then I really wanted to make candied figs myself and since it is fig-season now I decided to finally make them and combine them with a cheese board (of course) and great food from Mallorca.
We spent a lovely time on the island and I want to show a few pictures that I took there and share a recipe for the candied figs with you today.

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We spent a lovely week in Mallorca and stayed in a Finca that made our holiday even better {more about that soon}.
It was so relaxing to just live in the day, discover small villages and eat amazing food.
This is why we had to take some food home, to extend the holiday for a little more. We bought cheese, Flor de Sel, Aioli, Olives and a few other things that you can see on the pictures.    IMG_8060     IMG_7373IMG_8053

Candied Figs:  

– 1/2 cup sugar
– 1/4 teaspoon of sea salt
– 1 pint figs, halved (like on the pictures)
– 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
– 1 tsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
– 2 tbsp unsalted butter at room temperature

In a bowl mix the sugar and the salt. Press the side where the figs are cut into the mixture and also coat the rest of the figs.
Heat a pan over high heat and add the figs with the cut sides down. Cook until the sugar has caramelized. This takes about 3 minutes. Also turn the figs over as they brown so that they don’t burn.
Remove the pan from the heat and add the vinegar. Return to the heat and cook to reduce the syrup for about half a minute. Also scrape up all the caramelized bits from the bottom.
Remove from heat again and add lemon juice and butter. Carefully combine everything.

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The candied figs were a treat! We enjoyed them still slightly warm with the cheese plate you can see on the picture with a piece of soda bread {please find the recipe here}. We also had fresh olives, cheese, aioli and other food we brought back from Mallorca.
It was a lovely way to remember our holiday and it made us realise again what a great time we had!

During autumn and winter I want to show a few more pictures of our holiday, including the amazing finca we stayed at! Truly one of my favourite places here in Europe and so far away from everything.

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