Figs Poached in Spiced Red Wine with Mascarpone

Figs Poached in Spiced Red Wine with Mascarpone Author: Canadian Living Credits: Figs Poached in Spiced Red Wine with Mascarpone

Beautiful maroon-hued figs and a spiced honeylike sauce are an intriguing pair. Vanilla ice cream or a semi-firm sheep's cheese would also be ideal partners instead of the mascarpone mixture.

  • Portion size 8 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 cup dry red wine
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 slices gingerroot
  • 1 strip lemon rind (2 x 1 inch/ 5 x 2.5 cm)
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 star anise
  • 5 peppercorns
  • 1 pkg dried golden fig (about 24)
  • 1 cup mascarpone cheese
  • 1 cup cream cheese
  • 2 tablespoons whipping cream

Method

In saucepan, stir together wine, sugar, water, ginger, lemon rind, cinnamon stick, star anise and peppercorns; bring to boil, stirring to dissolve sugar.

Meanwhile, pull up fig stems to elongate figs; cut stems off. Add figs to wine mixture; return to boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer until very tender, about 40 minutes.

Using slotted spoon, transfer figs to bowl. Return wine mixture to boil; boil until reduced to 1/3 cup (75 mL), about 4 minutes. Strain through fine-mesh sieve over figs. (Make-ahead: Refrigerate in airtight container for up to 2 days. Microwave at High, stirring halfway through, until heated through, about 1 minute.)

In small bowl, stir mascarpone with cream until combined; divide among 8 dessert plates. Slit figs vertically from bottom almost all the way to top; twist open. Arrange 3 figs on each serving of mascarpone mixture; drizzle with syrup.

Nutritional facts <b>Per serving:</b> about

  • Sodium 8 mg
  • Protein 3 g
  • Calories 290.0
  • Total fat 15 g
  • Cholesterol 47 mg
  • Saturated fat 9 g
  • Total carbohydrate 37 g

%RDI

  • Iron 9.0
  • Fibre 0.0
  • Folate 1.0
  • Sodium 0.0
  • Sugars 0.0
  • Calcium 7.0
  • Protein 0.0
  • Calories 0.0
  • Total fat 0.0
  • Vitamin A 3.0
  • Vitamin C 7.0
  • Potassium 0.0
  • Cholesterol 0.0
  • Saturated fat 0.0
  • Total carbohydrate 0.0
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