An easy and delicious not-too-sweet compote made from fresh (or frozen) figs. Perfect on bread, a bagel, or a roll with ricotta or cream cheese.
Add the figs, sugar, about 1 teaspoon of orange zest, and 2 tablespoons of orange juice to a small, heavy saucepan. Bring to a boil covered. Then uncover, stir and boil for 1-2 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Lower the heat to a simmer and cook for about 45 minutes, continuing to stir occasionally. Once the compote is well-mixed and the figs are falling apart, take it off the heat and add the salt and vanilla. Stir to combine.
Let the compote cool down a bit, then serve or refrigerate. If refrigerating, bring it back to room temperature when serving.
When the figs are only halved, the compote has quite a chunky texture. If you prefer a smoother texture, cut the figs in quarters or even smaller pieces.