Roasted Figs with Vanilla Crème Fraîche
- 1 1/4 cups sugar
- 1 cup water
- 1/2 vanilla bean, split lengthwise
- 16 firm but ripe figs
- 1 Tbs. vanilla extract, or to taste
- 1 cup crème fraîche
- 8 fresh mint sprigs
Preheat an oven to 500°F.
Using a paring knife and starting from the stem end, cut each fig into quarters about three-fourths of the way through, leaving the bottom intact. Place the figs in a single layer in a shallow baking dish. Pour about 2/3 cup of the sugar syrup over and around the figs. Roast until the figs are tender yet still hold their shape, 6 to 7 minutes. Just before the figs are ready, in a small bowl, combine the vanilla and crème fraîche and stir to mix.
Remove the figs from the oven and transfer them to a platter. Fill the center of each fig with a dollop of the crème fraîche. Garnish with the mint sprigs and serve immediately.