Figuratively Eating

I’ve had an ongoing love affair for a while now. . .

My husband knows all about it. . .

Figs. . . sweet, savory, sliced, diced, baked, puréed or sautéed. . .

By themselves or with blue cheese, goat cheese, mascarpone, prosciutto, carmelized onions, arugula. . .

Our neighbors have a ginormous fig tree that we are welcome to help ourselves to.

Last year, annoyed by its vigorous spreading growth~ they severely pruned it . . .

So, no figs :(

This year, it grew back bigger, stronger, faster.

 We battled the birds and walked away victorious with some of its delicious fruit~

 One of several quick ways we enjoy them~

 Fig and Goat Cheese Bruschetta

Spread with goat cheese while baguette slices are warm, add figs, drizzle with honey and some cracked black pepper.

If you’re not in too big of a hurry~ add a bit more goat cheese on top of the figs, pop in the oven for 5 minutes for the goat cheese to melt a little and warm the figs.

We’re usually in a hurry :)

At the end of summer, I had the fig blues. . .

The tree was done. The figs at the Farmers Market were gone.

My love affair had come to its “Same Time Next Year” phase.

 My sister turned us on to figs in a jar to satisfy our cravings~

And this tasty trio of flavors~ Dalmatia® Fig Spread, Brie & Meyer Lemon Cookies~

So figs in a jar would have to do~ since figs we typically find in the grocery store are over ripe & overpriced.

Last week, I opened House Beautiful’s October issue, in search of The 2011 Kitchen of the Year Tyler Florence designed at Rockefeller Center and spied a recipe of his I had to try~

 Fig and Ricotta Pancakes. . .


Desperate for figs, I was afraid I would have to fly to California to visit Jain~ who has been tempting me with her fig ice cream, cake, pizza & chocolate-dipped creations~ and return with a stash in my suitcase.

Fortunately, my grocery store saved me airfare with a pristine shipment just in~ beautiful, big figs~ not over ripe~ and on special, no less :)

The October House Beautiful issue is appropriately titled, “Happiness starts here!”

From Tyler’s Kitchen, courtesy Tyler Florence

Spiced Fig and Ricotta Pancakes

Serves 4, makes about 12 pancakes


  • 2 cups whole-milk ricotta

  • 4 large eggs, separated

  • 1 cup buttermilk

  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour

  • ¼ cup sugar

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • ¼ teaspoon each ground allspice, cloves, and cinnamon

  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract

  •  unsalted butter

  • 10 fresh figs, thinly sliced


  1. In a large bowl, add the ricotta, egg yolks, buttermilk, lemon juice, and lemon zest and stir until well blended. Stir in the allspice, cloves, cinnamon, and vanilla.

  2. In another bowl, or parchment paper, sift together the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.

  3. In a third bowl, whisk the egg whites until soft peaks form.

  4. Fold the dry ingredients together with the wet, then carefully fold the egg whites into the batter.

  5. In a large nonstick skillet, melt 1 tablespoon butter over medium-high heat.

  6. Arrange one large fig slice for smaller pancakes or three small slices in a circular pattern if making larger ones. Carefully ladle the batter over figs and cook until bubbles rise in the center of each pancake. Turn pancake over and cook for another two to three minutes. Repeat with remaining batter and figs, adding butter to skillet as needed.

  7. Serve with real maple syrup and any remaining fig slices.


Happiness does start here. . .

and a  2,500 square-foot dream kitchen complete with Mauviel cookware doesn’t hurt either :)

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  30 comments for “Figuratively Eating

  1. Happier Than A Pig in Mud
    September 24, 2011 at 5:33 am

    Gorgeous pics Mary! Love the real fig leaves and the pancakes look wonderful! You’ve made simple figs look amazing-enjoy:@)

  2. September 24, 2011 at 6:32 am

    Mary, you are making me hungry. Adore figs, but rarely have them. I do buy the Dalmatia figs to spread on bread or with cheese. Delicious! ~ Sarah

  3. Clare
    September 24, 2011 at 7:12 am

    What a beautiful post to wake-up to on a foggy Saturday morning. But of course, now I wish I had some figs to try those magnificent pancakes. I completely approve of this love affair and hope it lasts forever! Happy Saturday!

  4. Annie La Vigne
    September 24, 2011 at 7:52 am

    This is so beautiful. Amazing, really…

  5. September 24, 2011 at 8:35 am

    Wonderful Wonderful Wonderful, Mary. Not only does this look delicious, the photography is fantabulous!!

  6. September 24, 2011 at 8:43 am

    You and jain:) Twin sisters! Lovely.

  7. September 24, 2011 at 9:03 am

    It all looks mouthwatering! Love the recipe too!

  8. September 24, 2011 at 9:27 am

    What a way with figs you have. Enjoyed your post.

    All the best, Katie from

  9. September 24, 2011 at 10:25 am

    Yummers is all I can come up with!

    My Grandmother had a wonderful fig tree and I remember eating them straight from the tree mostly!

  10. afoodie
    September 24, 2011 at 3:38 pm

    Are you sure you and Jain are not sisters of a different Mother? Your blogging style is even similiar! Both incredible, post after post. I don’t care for figs but I use to make a fig jam (using dried figs, no less) flavored with cinnamon for my grumpy old father-in-law. He loved it. One of the few things he did love.

  11. September 24, 2011 at 4:01 pm

    Your fig photos are ‘mouth watering’. I adore figs and goat cheese, or just by themselves. Our tree had a HUGE crop in August and I thought I’d never find homes for them all. I made two batches of fig preserves and now use that on biscuits or with cheese and crackers. I’ll try the bruschetta warmed. Yum. Thanks for sharing.

  12. September 24, 2011 at 10:51 pm

    Lovely photo’s and I so love the sweet indulgence of figs, cheese and honey! I also dip them in melted chocolate sprinkled with crushed nuts and vanilla ice-cream.Yummy! As always Mary, your display of goodies look welcoming to sit a while with you and chat on the porch. Have a lovely weekend, x

  13. September 25, 2011 at 8:17 am

    These figs and the recipe look fabulous! Your images show off their shape, beautiful insides and just how luscious they look in recipes! Gorgeous.
    I see that you are going to put this post ON THE MENU MONDAY! Thanks so much for the beautiful food you bring!
    xo Yvonne

  14. September 25, 2011 at 1:51 pm

    Lovely, lovely, lovely…..I love figs. Any variety will do! My poor little tree was planted 6 years ago and never has done much, until we dug it out of the ground and planted it with a different variety fig in a lage clay pot….now its growing like crazy but no figs yet!

    When I was growing up in Cuba we had a big fig tree in the back patio. My grandmother made lovely fig preserves, but alas, I was too young at the time and never even dreamed to ask her how she made it… I’ve checked with relatives and (those that are left, which is not even 1/8 of the whole tribe by now) remember how she made it! I would love to have a killer fig preserve / spread!

  15. September 25, 2011 at 3:53 pm

    oh the tables are turned, it is my turn for fig envy! my computer is in its death throes, off to buy a new one today then gone for the week, so i will try and gush before the last sizzle singes my fingers!

    you do figs well girl… like ever darn thing else of course! i can’t wait to try those for breakfast, they looks gorgeos!

    oh you know i love every morsel of this, i bot 6 new fig trees, i want MORE FOR NEXT YEAR!

  16. September 25, 2011 at 3:59 pm

    It’s hard to find such beautiful figs here in the Midwest but I was able to snag some more, slightly over-ripe, figs at the store yesterday so I could make some more fig jam.

    Delicious recipes!

  17. September 25, 2011 at 4:03 pm

    All sounds delicious. Must look for the Meyer lemon cookies and Dalmatia fig spread. Haven’t read my new House Beautiful so I must find it and see the spread about Tyler Florence.
    I should not admit this but I let a container of figs ruin that I bought from Costco. Wish they were still fresh now so I could make the pancakes or bruschetta. Thanks for the inspiration. I will remember if I have another opportunity this year with figs. Love the lovely dish towel!

  18. September 25, 2011 at 7:10 pm

    I honestly have to say I have never tried figs. But your photos make them look delicious. Especially the bruschetta and pancakes. I would have never even have known, Thanks for posting. I might jsut have to try them now.

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  20. Pondside
    September 25, 2011 at 8:55 pm

    Oh my goodness – this looks amazing – I do believe I can smell the pancakes! Your photos are gorgeous, and set my mouth watering.

  21. September 25, 2011 at 9:16 pm

    Love your photo’s and I love the figs! You are giving me a huge craving now.

  22. September 25, 2011 at 9:16 pm

    Gorgeous photos and I always vow to use my figs next year. The birds love them so much we have to shoo them away. Have a beautiful week!!!

  23. September 25, 2011 at 9:25 pm

    Maybe it is because I just adore figs that I am loving these pictures!

  24. A Garden of Threads
    September 25, 2011 at 9:34 pm

    Yum! Yum! Yum! Great pictures.

  25. September 26, 2011 at 8:26 am

    I may have to plant a fig tree! Your photos are gorgeous and making my mouth water!

  26. September 26, 2011 at 4:49 pm

    I ahve GOT to find some figs!!! I have NEVER tasted one and right now they are all OVER blogland! Your photography is spectacular and makes my mouth water! In the mean time I am getting some fig spread! Sounds divine with the cookies (which I have) and some brie!!!! XO, Pinky

  27. September 27, 2011 at 6:54 am

    My DH adores figs! We had one little tree when we lived in FL & he would get SO MAD when the landscaping people would raid it. LOL
    I will look for the Dalmatia product for him & I’m going to get some of those Meyer Lemon cookies for ME! Going to TJoe’s on Wed. in fact & my list is growing each day.
    Thanks for sharing this beautiful bounty.

  28. Pat
    September 29, 2011 at 7:49 pm

    I have a small fig tree growing in a large container in my backyard, Mary, and I get about 150 figs a season, just enough to eat about five a day. Needless to say they are a precious commodity and i enjoy each and every one one! I lie the idea of pairing them with that creamy cheese and with pancakes!

  29. Barbie
    August 6, 2013 at 11:42 pm

    Thank you for the pancake recipe! I modified it for more of the protein pancakes feel. I used ground oatmeal instead of flour, low fat cottage cheese instead of ricotta and only put maybe a half a tablespoon of brown sugar in and also I used dried figs and added some fig pieces to the batter. I served it with mashed raspberries as a syrup… Amazing!

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