Monday, April 30, 2012

Middle Eastern Dinner Deseert

Who knew figs were so freaking delicious? We cooked the figs in  a fruit juice, white wine, spiced liquid. Now we just gobbled these up so fast I didn't get a picture. But they were delicious and believe it or not, this was my first time eating figs. I love that we changed the recipe so much that we made a whole syrup to pour over the ice cream. These figs were sweet and soft and with each bite the syrup burst into your mouth and overwhelmed you with sweet honey fragrance and lovely rich spices. The figs came next with a lovely texture and oh it was just delightful. The perfect dessert to end a spicy, flavorful meal.   Yum!
 Dried Figs

Middle Eastern Spiced Figs

Adapted from

4 cups water
1 ½ cups sugar
1/4 cup white wine 
1 teaspoon powdered ginger
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 lb dried figs
¼ cup orange juice
2 tablespoons lemon juice
vanilla bean ice cream

Combine the water, sugar, wine, fruit juices and spices in a sauce pan and bring to a boil over moderate heat. Add the figs and cook for 15 minutes, until the syrup has thickened and  remove from the heat. Remove figs from the cooking liquid and refrigerate in a covered bowl with 1/2 cup of cooking liquid. This keeps the figs from drying out.  

Return the remaining cooking liquid to the stove top and bring to a medium heat. Cook 10 minutes. Then bring to a boil and  cook another 5 minutes or until the liquid becomes thicker and syrupy, about 2 cups.  Let cool and then transfer into a serving container. 

Chill the figs and syrup for at least 2 hours in the refrigerator. When cooled cut into 4 pieces.
To serve spoon ice-cream into dessert dishes, place fig slices over the ice cream and spoon syrup on top.  Enjoy!

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