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Caramelized Fig Ice Cream

Photo: Leo Gong; Styling: Karen Shinto
Total time 3 hrs, 30 mins
Yield Makes 3 cups
Start by softening vanilla ice cream then beat in the fig-lemon mixture. This late-summer favorite is sure to be a treat.


  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice, divided
  • 2 cups quartered figs, plus more for garnish
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 pt. good-quality vanilla ice cream

Nutrition Information

  • calories 297
  • caloriesfromfat 47 %
  • protein 2.8 g
  • fat 16 g
  • satfat 9.8 g
  • carbohydrate 38 g
  • fiber 1.7 g
  • sodium 232 mg
  • cholesterol 76 mg

How to Make It

  1. Pour sugar and 1 tsp. lemon juice into a large frying pan with 3 tbsp. water. With your fingertips, mix the sugar and liquid until mixture is like wet sand. Cook over high heat until mixture boils. Continue to cook, swirling pan occasionally, until one area of the sugar starts to turn medium brown. Remove from heat and add figs and 2 tbsp. water, stirring.

  2. Return to heat and cook over low heat until mixture is bubbling and figs start to break down, about 15 minutes. Mix in butter, salt, and remaining 1 tsp. lemon juice. Let cool.

  3. Soften ice cream at room temperature for 10 minutes, then beat it in a bowl with a mixer until smooth. Use a rubber spatula to mix fig mixture into ice cream. Freeze, covered, until firm, at least 3 hours.

  4. Note: Nutritional analysis is per 1/2-cup serving.