Fig season is here, but it won’t last long. Take advantage of the beautiful figs available right now through fall. This dessert recipe is quick and easy, and sure to impress your guests. Feel free to use any type of fig available. I used Black Mission Figs. Once you buy the figs, use them within a day or two. They start to over ripen very quickly.
You can make these with Port, or the more economical sweet Marsala. I prefer Port, my hubby prefers Marsala. Just use what you’ve got, and enjoy. This recipe is pretty hard to mess up. If you don’t have enough time to make the whipped cream yourself, you can always cheat and use a good quality canned whip cream, but it won’t be as good as home whipped.
Take 1 cup of sweet Marsala or Port and……
add to a small saute pan.
Add 4 tablespoons of sugar and stir.
Bring to a boil till it reduces by half. This can take anywhere from 10 – 15 minutes.
While your sauce is reducing, take some figs, rinse and dry them well.
Cut off the stems and slice in half.
Place cut figs on a baking sheet and place them on the top rack under the broiler for about 10 minutes, give or take. Keep a close eye on them.
This is more or less what they will look like after broiling.
Take some heavy whipping cream and place in a bowl. I used about 1/2 a cup. Add 1 – 2 teaspoons of sugar to the cream.
Using an electric hand mixer, whip until you have soft peaks. If you over whip it, you will have butter.
Your reduction sauce is done once you have the consistency of Maple syrup.
Place your figs on a plate and drizzle with the reduction sauce.
Add the whipped cream, either on top or on the side, and serve.
1 -2 figs per person
1 cup Port or sweet Marsala
4 tablespoons sugar
For the Whipped Cream:
1/2 cup – 1 cup heavy whipping cream (1 cup whipping cream makes 2 cups whipped cream)
1 – 2 teaspoons sugar
Pour 1 cup of Port or sweet Marsala into a small saute pan. Add 4 tablespoons of sugar. Give it a stir. Bring to a medium-low boil. Keep a close eye on it. Cook until the sauce reduces by half. This will take anywhere from 10 – 15 minutes. Once you have the consistency of Maple syrup, it’s done.
Take the figs, rinse and pat dry well. Cut them in half and place on a baking sheet. Place the baking sheet on the top rack, under the broiler. Cook for approximately 10 minutes, give or take.
Pour 1/2 cup of whipping cream into a small mixing bowl. Add 1 – 2 teaspoons of sugar. Using an electric mixer, start out slow and then increase the speed, until you have nice soft peaks of cream. Do not over mix or you will end up with butter.
Place 2 fig halves on a plate, drizzle with the reduction sauce, and serve with 2 small dollops of whipped cream. Enjoy!