This Italian triple-cream cheese is technically a cheese but has the texture of a wonderfully thick cream. It adds delight to all manner of recipes: It's the essential element in tiramisu; makes a luxurious frosting for sugar-and-spice cake; is a super-easy tart filling; adds rich, creamy depth to pastry puffs; and is the essential ingredient in icebox cake, semifreddo, and more.
Mascarpone, a triple-cream cheese available at most grocery stores, adds a rich, silky component to a frosting. The texture is ideal for holding swoops and creating a snowdrift-like effect when slathered on with an offset spatula.
Figs contain omega-3 fatty acids, which are associated with healthy heart and brain function, and lutein, which aids vision. Nutritionists recommend figs for helping to lower blood cholesterol and blood pressure.