Stuffed Fresh Figs

Serves 4 Ingredients Method

8 ripe purple figs

4oz ground almonds

2oz caster sugar

1 tblsp cream cheese

1 tblsp fresh lemon juice (optional)

8 whole unblanched almonds

Wash and dry the figs. Slice eac fig twice from the stem almost though to the base, so that the quarter segments can be opened like petals. Mix the ground almonds with the sugar, cheese and lemon juice, if you are using it, to a stiff paste and put a spoonful in each opened fig. Top each blob of stuffing with a whole almond and serve the figs at room temperature.