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  Figs 12 July 2004  
With chocolate and marzipan for an unusual dessert

The French novelist Andre Gide described figs as, 'the closed room where marriages are made' and the fruit has long been considered an aphrodisiac. The Romans ate huge amounts of both fresh and dried figs. The finest fresh ones were an expensive delicacy, while the cheap ones were described by Pliny as the food of slaves. They're still popular today as Anna Mcnamee discovered when she went to visit the food writer Diana Henry who uses them to make a most unusual dessert. 

Try Diana's recipe for Baked Chocolate and Marzipan Figs.

There are other recipes for figs in Diana's books Crazy Water, Pickled Lemons  ISBN 1 84000 501 7 and The Gastropub Cookbook ISBN 1 84000 742 7. Both  are published by Mitchell Beazley

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