This is a Nigella recipe, from her wonderful book How To Eat. So simple, it’s the perfect way to enjoy fresh figs. Furthermore, the presentation is so naturally beautiful, it makes quite an impressive dessert.
From How To Eat:
Turkish Delight Figs
2 1/2 cups sugar
2 tbsp rosewater
2 tbsp orange-flower water
juice of 1 lemon
12 ripe purple figs
Dissolve the sugar in 2 1/2 cups water in a small, heavy-bottomed saucepan over a low heat. Increase the heat, bring to a boil, and boil rapidly for 5 minutes. Add the rosewater, orange-flower water, and lemon juice. Bring back to a boil and simmer for 2 minutes.
Carefully cut the figs vertically into quarters, leaving them intact at the base. Arrange on a flat, heatproof dish and spoon the hot syrup over them, Set aside to cool, basting with the syrup occasionally.
Once you have eaten the figs, cover any additional syrup and store in the refrigerator. Try adding to various cocktails- we found it goes well with dry vermouth and lemon.