This recipe is one of my favorite ways to introduce honey into a meal and raspberry blossom honey perfectly compliments the balsamic. It is easy, elegant and makes a simple dish extraordinary. I love to drizzle this glaze over a baked ham and I use the left overs on toasted ham and brie sandwiches the next day.
In a bowl, combine honey, hot water, vinegar, figs and cloves. Let the mixture stand for 15 minutes.
In a saucepan, sauté the shallots in oil over moderately low heat, stirring occasionally, until they are softened.
Add the honey-fig mixture. Bring to a simmer; add the herbs and cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes.
Season with salt and pepper.
As a glaze or basting sauce: Brush or spoon the warmed glaze over a ham during the last 30 to 40 minutes of roasting, basting every 10 minutes or so.
Remaining glaze can be simmered to thicken and served as a side sauce.
From Marina Marchese: www.redbee.com/