Toss 16 halved fresh figs, 1/2 cup chopped pecans, 1/4 cup sugar and 1 tablespoon each honey, lemon juice and water in a shallow baking dish. Dot with 1 tablespoon chopped butter. Roast at 425 degrees F until juicy, about 20 minutes. Spoon the juices over the figs, then continue roasting until syrupy, about 10 more minutes. Serve over vanilla ice cream.
Photograph by Anna Williams