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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.

Photography: Elizabeth Germain

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. Step 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. Step 2

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

  3. Step 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.

Source
Body+Soul, September 2005

Reviews (1)

  • 11 Aug, 2013

    This recipe is perfect . It's simple to prepare , wonderfully elegant , and amenable to almost any meal. The warm spiced honey will transform any seasonal fruit into a masterful dessert. I added some wafers and vanilla ice cream. My guests were smitten !