Aphrodisiac Meal For Two: Figs & Honey
Figs have long been regarded as an aphrodisiac based on their ability to be highly suggestive of an intimate oral act. So when you cover them in honey, booze, cream & chocolate you are guaranteed to finish your meal with a bang & perhaps leaving the washing up until the next morning!
Serves 2 for a luscious dessert;
140g of figs (6 in total), riper the better
3 tbsps of runny honey
2 large tbsps of mascarpone cheese
1 tbsp of amaretto liqueur (more if you like it extra boozy)
30g of amaretti biscuits crushed roughly
100g of dark chocolate, you will only need a small bit but can eat the rest later
- Pre-heat the oven to 200oC.
- Cut the figs ¾ of the way down the middle in a crisscross pattern & gently squeeze out the flesh inside with 4 fingers.
- Place the figs on a greaseproof paper on a baking tray & drizzle over 2/3rds of the honey, place in the oven for 12-15 minutes.
- Whilst the figs bake, whisk the remaining honey, mascarpone cheese & the amaretto liqueur together.
- Take the figs out of the oven, place on a plate or in a bowl, top liberally with the crumbled amaretti biscuits & spoon over the mascarpone cream.
- To make the chocolate shavings, take a carving knife and with the blade against the flat surface of chocolate drag the knife towards you to create delicate shavings of chocolate to garnish the dessert.
Grape match: Pedro Ximenez, ‘PX’ (Sherry )
You guys! Sherry isn’t just for granny. In the last couple of years it has had a fashionable come back, lead by sherry bars in London such as Bar Pepito, Jose & Capote y Toros. There are lots of different styles of Sherry, but for this dessert, I’d go for Pedro Ximenez, the sweetest of all the styles, it has a rich and sumptuous nature with flavours of fig and chocolate.
Food: Head chef Freddie Southwell founded Wild Seasoning catering company 5 years ago. He has since catered for numerous weddings & pop-up dining experiences all over the country working with clients to create bespoke events they truly feel belong to them. Freddie is passionate, proud & honest in his craft which is greatly reflected in the food. He is married to wife Lizzie and lives in Kent.
Wine: Aimee Hartley is one of the young guns making shapes in the UK wine scene. The Guardian recently named her app, Plonk as one of their top ten wine apps. Plonk focuses on grape varieties, helping you to understand the flavours you like and suggesting similar things to try. Aimee also writes a blog called See.This.Here, which explores the relationship between food, wine and design.