The Lynmar property indeed offers its bounty, supplying these Black Mission figs as well as the honey that's the base for the saucy drizzle. If you cannot find fresh figs, try the dessert with dried figs: Place 24 small stemmed, halved dried figs in a large saucepan with 3/4 cup fresh orange juice, 2 tablespoons honey, 1/4 teaspoon ginger, and 1/4 teaspoon vanilla; bring to a simmer. Simmer 3 minutes; cover, remove from heat, and let stand 15 minutes.
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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