Yes, I know it’s been a while since my last post. I had my first mini-vacation in over an year and once I came back home, I just wasn’t in the mood to do any sort of work. Every day I would stare at my computer, wondering and knowing I should work on my blog, but instead, finding myself online shopping or watching Netflix. It was only when I realized that I should share my fig recipe before the season ends that I mustered up all my strength and brought myself to my blog. 

I normally prefer fresh figs overcooked, but since grilling fruits and vegetables are my current fascination, I decided to give figs a try. Finished in a cinnamon, vanilla syrup, paired with crispy brandy snaps and refreshing coconut ice cream and I found myself loving every bite of this dessert. Perhaps cooked figs can be just as tasty as raw ones!

grilled figs
grilled figs
grilled figs

Serves 4


Grilled figs with brandy snaps and coconut ice cream

45 minTotal Time

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    Grilled figs
  • 12 figs, halved
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • zest and juice of 1/2 medium orange
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • Brandy snaps
  • 50g butter
  • 50g brown sugar
  • 50g white corn syrup
  • 50g all purpose flour, sifted
  • ¼ tsp ground ginger
  • zest of 1/2 lemon
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp brandy
  • oil for greasing
  • Coconut ice cream


  1. Preheat grill to high.
  2. Toss the figs in olive oil. Place cut side down on the grill and cook for 2 minutes or until lightly seared. Remove from heat.
  3. Combine water - cinnamon in a small sauce pot. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes. Pour over the figs and let sit for 20 minutes.
  4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  5. Combine butter, sugar and corn syrup in a small saucepot over medium-low heat, cooking until the sugar has dissolved. Combine flour and ginger in a medium bowl, making a well in the center. Add the brandy, lemon zest, lemon juice and butter-sugar mixture in the center. Mix until combined.
  6. Spoon 1 heaping tsp of the batter onto the prepared baking sheet. Place a total of 3-4 heaping tsp on the tray, leaving at least 2 inches in between each dollop. One tsp of the batter will make cigars, 2 tsp is needed for baskets. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until a light golden brown.
  7. Remove from the oven and let cool for 1 minute. Grease desired molds with oil and shape the brandy snaps as desired. Let cool completely on a wire rack.
  8. Scoop ice cream into four bowls or into four brandy snaps baskets. Top with a brandy snap and figs. Drizzle extra syrup on top. Serve.

**Helpful tips and common mistakes

I still remember the first time I ever tried a fig. I was working at the restaurant and figs had just come into season. Since the menu changed seasonally, this meant boxes of figs would come in almost every day. If you ever worked in a restaurant, I’m sure you’re aware of the silent “no break” rule that comes along with the position. Famished, I spotted a fig in the cooler and chowed down on the beautiful purple fruit. Not knowing what to expect, I immediately fell in love with the sweet and tender fig. I never looked back since then. 

Not surprisingly, grilling the figs makes these bad boys even sweeter. The sugar caramelizes and the fruit becomes this soft, smoky, sweet delight.

grilled figs

Prepare the vanilla cinnamon syrup and let the figs marinate. Meanwhile, make the brandy snaps. Brandy snaps are thin, crispy sugar cookies that can be molded into various shapes and sizes. You can also omit the brandy if you prefer. You only need a small dollop per cookie as they tend to spread into large cookies. 

grilled figs

grilled figs

You can have large discs or be creative and shape the brandy snaps into cigars, baskets, or whatever you prefer! Just make sure to shape them before they cool. For the cigars, I used the stem of a wooden spoon, wrapping the cookie around the base. Ramekins, small tea cups or any small circular item can be used for the baskets. 

grilled figs

Pair the brandy snaps and grilled figs with refreshing coconut ice cream or Tahitian vanilla gelato, or even better, ricotta ice cream, and you have one amazing dessert. The figs alone are already delicious but with the brandy snaps and creamy ice cream – my oh my, it’s incredible! 

grilled figs


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