Figs are in season in the UK between July and October and they can be difficult to get your hands on, even in their peak season. That’s because figs do not ripen once they are picked. You’re most likely to find them at a farmers market or from small local growers. Figs should be of a rich and deep colour, plump, and soft to touch. with unbroken skins. At peak ripeness they may be covered with a light, fuzzy bloom. A sour smell indicates figs that are past their best.

With goats cheese and a drizzle of honey

This combination needs no explaining – the flavours speak for themselves. It doesn’t really get any more simple than slicing the fig in half, topping with crumbled goats cheese and a drizzle of honey. Some add pepper to the mix, but I prefer mine without.

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Another great cheese and fig combination is Jamie Oliver’s Whole roasted ricotta with honeyed figs which is a great Christmas canapé or starter.

Hugh’s Fig and Almond Tart

This recipe is a favourite of Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall. This is a lovely crumbly tart recipe which serves as a super tasty dessert in Autumn months. Serve with cream or ice cream.

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Find Hugh’s recipe, which serves 8, here.

Figs poached in red wine

Figs and red wine is a classic combination and is super simple to prepare ahead of time as an easy dessert for a summertime BBQ. This recipe from From the Grapevine seeks to highlight the wonderful flavours of the figs, and has a true Mediterranean taste. It can be served on its own (lactose-free) or with cream or yoghurt.

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Chocolate Molten Pots with Figs

If you’re the kind of person who will always choose a chocolate dessert, then this glorious choco-fig combination is for you. The Hemsley sisters are famous for their wholesome, clean eating approach to food, and this recipe, featuring raw cacao powder, is no different.

13391097_591414977684587_2066295969_nThis is a gooey dessert, for days when only chocolate will suffice. You can find the recipe, and a video of the Hemsley sisters demonstrating the recipe here.

Fig, Hazelnut, and Ale cake

This super dense but moist cake is ideal as an accompaniment to morning coffee or afternoon tea. It can be served in small squares as petit fours, or in a larger slice with cream as a dessert. With a really fruity taste, this cake is a great way to showcase ripe figs.

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You can find the recipe, from chef Nathan Outlaw, on the Great British Chefs website.