Green Figs Stewed in Honey with Vanilla, Lemon Zest and Thyme

my beloved grandma recipe(ana) though i ever likd figs that much yet this is a die for recipe !:))

Can't wait till breakfast? This also makes a delectable summer dessert. To serve two

2 tablespoons honey
1 tablespoon water
1 6-inch vanilla bean (I prefer Mexican)
2 or 3 strips of lemon zest
1 sprig of lemon thyme (or any other thyme)
8 ounces fresh Calimyrna or other green-skinned figs

1. Rinse the figs and pinch off the stems. Cut them in half and set aside.

2. Split the vanilla bean in half lengthwise and cut each half into 2 or 3 pieces.

3. In a small saucepan, combine the honey, water, vanilla bean and lemon zest over the lowest flame. Stir to dissolve the honey and turn off the heat. Add the figs, gently toss them in the honey mixture, and let them macerate, covered, for an hour.

4. After an hour, add the lemon thyme. Turn the heat to very low and gently simmer the figs for 30 to 40 minutes, turning them carefully so that they don’t fall apart but are just cooked through. Remove the pan from the heat and let them cool to room temperature.

5. You can eat the figs now if you like, but they are even better if you leave them overnight to soak up the syrupy vanilla and lemon-infused juices they have exuded. To serve, divide the figs between two bowls and spoon their pale pink syrup over them. Serve with Greek yoghurt, of course, and coffee. Very black.
added by Marwa El Odessi

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