Wine-Poached Figs Recipe

Wine-Poached Figs


  • 2 cups dry red wine
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 each cinnamon stick
  • 2 each whole cloves
  • 6 whole, ripe figs
  • walnuts or almonds, toasted and coarsely chopped
  • vanilla ice cream, if you like

How to make Wine-Poached Figs

I am deeply, deeply in love with fresh figs, and I can think of no better way to enjoy them than this.

  1. Combine wine, honey and spices in medium sized saucepan and bring to a simmer, then reduce heat until liquid goes still in the pan, for you are about to poach.
  2. Gently place clean (trimmed) figs into the pan.
  3. Cover and cook, turning once perhaps, approximately 15 minutes. You will notice a color change in the skin. Better to feel like you are undercooking the fruit than to ruin it with too much heat.
  4. Remove fruit from poaching liquid and set aside. Keep warm.
  5. Turn heat up to a simmer and reduce poaching liquid to syrup consistency.
  6. Serve warm fruit over ice cream (methinks vanilla or other extremely mild and unobtrusive flavor), drizzle syrup over, and finish with nuts, if desired.

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  • cheflee
    cheflee says

    What is this image of? Yes, I know it's fig. It looks like viscera or more plainly: guts ! Please use a better image, I've shown it around the office. Everyone reacts the same: disgust. :-)

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