Baked Figs with Thyme Honey

Baked Figs with Thyme Honey make a gorgeous dessert that would be fit for a dinner party.

They're quick and simple to make and you can prepare them in advance. Just pop them in the oven when you're ready - they take 20 minutes to cook.

Follow the step by step photo tutorial or watch the short video.

You can use honey or sugar - in the video, I've used sugar to demonstrate how simple it is to make a caramel syrup - honey is just a matter of heating it up a little with the thyme and then following the baking instructions. 

Baked Figs with Thyme Honey


  • 2 figs per serving
  • 1 Tablespoon honey for two figs
  • three or four sprigs fresh thyme per serving or 1 teaspoon dried

That's - the list of ingredients, seriously, I said it was easy!

Set your oven to 350F, 175C or Gas Mark 4

Microwave your honey and thyme for about 10 seconds and set aside whilst the oven comes up to temperature.

You'll need an oven proof dish which will take the figs in one layer.

Slice the figs in half from top (stem) to bottom, so lengthways. 

Pour the honey into the bottom of the dish and place the figs cut side down on top.

Bake for 20 minutes until the figs are soft. 

When you put them into the serving dish, drizzle the honey from the baking dish over them. 

Serve with cream or ice cream - I used my two ingredient no churn ice cream flavoured with lavender honey

If you don’t have honey, then you can use sugar instead and the video shows you how.

It’s really simple to do.

  • 2 figs per serving
  • 1 Tablespoon water
  • 1 Tablespoon white wine vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon white sugar
  • 3 or 4 sprigs fresh thyme or one teaspoon dried

Set your oven to 350F, 175C or Gas Mark 4

You will also need an oven proof dish big enough to take the figs in one layer.

Take a heavy bottomed pan and put in the water, vinegar and honey or sugar. 

Put it over a low heat and stir until it melts.  Cook for about two minutes. 

Add your thyme.  Give the caramel mixture a stir and then pour it into the dish.

It will very likely set when it hits the cold dish, but don’t worry as it will melt again in the oven.

Place the figs cut side down into the dish and bake for 20 minutes.

Once they’re cooked, put them into a dish and serve with the caramel sauce poured over. 

Top with cream or ice cream - I used my two ingredient no churn honey and lavender ice cream - the recipe is linked here.


Do you eat the skin on baked figs? Yes - it's soft. People eat raw figs with the skin but they can make your mouth sore. A simple way to get round it is to cut them in half (like you would prepare for this recipe) then turn them inside out, so that the skin is on the inside and the flesh on the outside. Then pop them into your mouth and chew away!

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