Fresh Figs with Mascarpone and Warm Spiced Honey

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.

Fresh Figs with Mascarpone and Warm Spiced Honey

Photography: Elizabeth Germain

Source: Body+Soul, September 2005

Ingredients

  • 8 small (or 4 large) fresh, ripe figs, stems trimmed, halved lengthwise
  • 1/3 cup mascarpone, softened
  • 1/3 cup mild honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 4 sprigs fresh mint

Directions

  1. Arrange the figs cut-side up among four plates. Use the back of a teaspoon to gently press into the center of the flesh and create a small indentation.

  2. Add a dollop of mascarpone to the center of each fig half and set plates aside.

  3. Place honey and spices in a small heat-proof bowl and set over a pan with simmering water. Cook over medium heat, whisking to blend, until the honey is liquefied and warm, 1 to 2 minutes. Drizzle honey over each fig, garnish plates with mint sprigs, and serve immediately.

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