Fresh figs poached in a rich reduction of port wine, spices, and orange zest. Served with honey-scented whipped 'sour' cream.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
cook:
35 mins
total:
55 mins
Servings:
4
Yield:
4 servings
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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
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Directions

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  • Trim a small piece from the bottom of each fig so they stand up straight. Remove stems, and score a 1/4 inch "X" into the top of each fig. Set aside.

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  • In a bowl, beat whipping cream together with sour cream until stiff peaks form. (This can be done either by hand, or with an electric mixer.) Gently fold in 1/4 cup of honey and a pinch of salt. Cover, and refrigerate.

  • Pour port into a small saucepan over medium high heat. Add cinnamon sticks, peppercorns, cloves, 1 tablespoon honey, vanilla extract, balsamic vinegar, and lemon and orange zests. Stir to dissolve honey and blend flavors. Bring mixture to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer for up to 30 minutes, or as time allows, being careful not to reduce liquid too much. Place figs upright in pan, cover, and cook for 5 minutes.

  • To serve, place a spoonful of honey cream in the center of each plate. Arrange 3 figs around the cream, and drizzle with a small amount of poaching liquid. Tuck a sprig of mint into the slit on the top of each fig. Serve immediately.

Nutrition Facts

478 calories; protein 3.4g; carbohydrates 66.5g; fat 17.7g; cholesterol 53.4mg; sodium 75.7mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (8)

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Rating: 5 stars
08/22/2008
this is sooooo good. Did this for a dinner party.... everyone loved an praised it. I even had to pass the recipe on. You can also just at creek Joghurt instead of the cream...but still drizzel with honey. Read More
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13 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 11
  • 4 star values: 1
  • 3 star values: 1
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  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
08/22/2008
this is sooooo good. Did this for a dinner party.... everyone loved an praised it. I even had to pass the recipe on. You can also just at creek Joghurt instead of the cream...but still drizzel with honey. Read More
(24)
Rating: 5 stars
07/14/2008
This is an awesome dish!!! In addition to the vanilla extract I added half a vanilla bean. If anyone wants to try this and has never worked with real vanilla before: Cut the bean in half and store the remaining half; cut away the tip of the other end; using a small paring knife insert the tip of the knife blade-up into either end of the bean and slice along the flat side (this motion should be slow and careful to avoid cutting yourself); using the knife carefully open the split seam using one finger to hold open the section closest to you; using the sharp end of the blade scrape away all of the tiny seeds within the open bean (they are smaller than a grain of sand); repeat the last step as many times as necessary to remove all the tiny seeds turning the bean around to get at the seeds where you hold the bean open; the seeds AND bean all go into the port base to simmer with the rest of the ingredients. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/06/2008
I'm not a huge fan of fresh figs so this recipe sounded great considering the lovely fragrant spices and the honey...:) I made a few changes - I didn't have port so I used red wine instead. I sliced the figs in fours so they would absorb even more of the flavors and I added some maple syrup. I served everything over two small scoops of vanilla ice cream - yum! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/08/2009
This recipe is easy and amazing. The flavors blend together well without overpowering each other. This recipe also works great with pears. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/22/2011
Seriously delicious! I will make it again and again and again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/17/2013
I have made this recipe several times with great results. I won a first place ribbon at our Mid-State Fair in 2011 using this recipe with just one big change. I canned the figs using a water bath method. They were firm and plump and turned out deliciously. If you are into figs this is truly a winner. I added the cream and honey later after opening each jar. Lovely presentation. I think using a vanilla bean is a great addition too. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/08/2017
I forget to take a picture dang it!! Was absolutely delicious and I'll be making it again for sure!! I think this would be excellent with pears too. Yummy!!!! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
08/21/2016
Fantastic! Read More
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