This is what I brought home from my walk today. I've been waiting for these figs to ripen and today the birds were all over the tree, and I knew if I didn't grab some today, by tomorrow they would be gone or well pecked over. I've eaten a couple already and I'm saving the rest for a dessert that I will make tomorrow.
It is very simple, wash figs, (peel if desired but not really necessary), roll in brown sugar (while still damp) and place in a very well buttered dish. Try and keep them packed closely together. Sprinkle with more brown sugar, some dabs of butter, and a splash of water. Bake for 20 minutes or so in a 200C oven, keep an eye on them as they will probably need a bit more water added after ten minutes. The figs and sauce turn a deep garnet colour similar to that of oven roasted quince. I tried it once with some leftover muscat instead of the water, the sauce was very luscious. Serve warm or cold with cream, or mascarpone or greek yoghurt. They are all good although I like the greek yoghurt best.