Dried figs with sesame seeds and almonds

The other day I was writing about the Friday farmers’ market in Bodrum and how I came across these incredible dried figs stuffed with sesame seeds and almonds (which didn’t last long once I got back to my hotel room). Well, a friend forwarded to me a very simple recipe for making these yummy goodies.

The most important thing is to buy really good dried figs—don’t skimp. Then you use a sharp paring knife to slice the figs in half, without separating them all the way through, dip them in a plate of sesame seeds, both insides, and then slide an almond (or walnuts work as well) in between the two halves, like a sandwich, and close them back up.

Put the figs on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper and bake at 350F for about 10 minutes. Let them cool and then try real hard not to eat all of them in one sitting like I did.

I think these would also make an excellent simple dessert, perhaps served with a glass of port. Or added to a cheese plate. Or….

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