Honey-Baked Black Mission Figs with Orange and Ginger
Coral Von Zumwalt
12 ripe Black Mission figs, stemmed and halved lengthwise
3 tablespoons orange blossom honey
3 tablespoons fresh orange juice
1/4 teaspoon grated peeled fresh ginger
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 large navel oranges, peeled and sectioned
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
1 1/2 tablespoons superfine sugar
1 tablespoon Grand Marnier (orange-flavored liqueur)
Mint leaves (optional)
How to Make It
Preheat oven to 350°.
Arrange fig halves, cut side down, in a single layer in an 8-inch square baking dish coated with cooking spray. Combine honey, juice, ginger, and vanilla, stirring with a whisk. Drizzle honey mixture over figs. Bake at 350° for 10 minutes; turn figs over. Bake an additional 2 minutes. Remove from oven; cool to room temperature. Combine orange sections and fig mixture, tossing gently.
Place cream in a medium bowl; beat with a mixer at high speed until soft peaks form. Add sugar and liqueur; beat at high speed until stiff peaks form. Divide fig mixture evenly among 8 bowls; top each serving with about 2 tablespoons whipped cream. Garnish with mint leaves, if desired.
After reading about the overly-orange comments, I skipped the oranges altogether and just used more figs. I also just used regular honey for the same reason. I plated it with the whipped cream in the center and figs around it, drizzled the amazing sauce over it all, and then sprinkled a few toasted chopped cashews across the top. It was elegant, light and scrumptious!
This made a lovely dessert. Everyone enjoyed it, but I felt it was way more "orange-y" than "figgy." I would make this again, but increase the fig to orange ratio (the photo was deceptive).I used clover honey and Cointreau. It was an easy dessert to put together; I did everything in advance except the whipped cream. A sprinkling of orange zest made a pretty presentation.
I had high hopes for this since I was able to find some nice figs but this recipe just didn't do anything for me or anyone I made it for. The flavor was okay but, as the one star indicates, would definitely not make again.
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