Figs in Red Wine, Served Cold



This dessert was quick to make and had a richly spiced flavour. I love cold spiced poaching liquor from fruit.

Serves 2

4 small, ripe figs

2 small wineglasses of yesterday’s red wine (or a new bottle) and 1 wineglass of water

2 heaped dessertspoons of sugar (I used soft brown sugar)

1 cinnamon stick

1 cardamom pod

2 cloves

How to make:

Trim off the top and cut a cross on the top of each that goes about halfway into it. Prick in a few holes in the fig so that it will absorb the juice. Place all of the ingredients in a small pan and bring to the boil. Simmer for 4-5 minutes. Taste for sweetness. Add more sugar if desired.

If you want a thicker sauce, remove the figs and reduce further. I didn’t.

Place in a bowl and when cold, put in the fridge to chill.

Serve with thick natural yogurt and an extra squeeze of honey if desired.


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