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Poached Figs in Wine

Yield 8 servings (serving size: 1/2 cup fig mixture, 2 tablespoons whipped cream, and 1 tablespoon almonds)
Serve this simple dessert in wine stems or sherbet glasses. Prepare the fig mixture up to 2 days ahead; cover and chill. Whip the cream at the last minute so it will remain fluffy. Sprinkle with grated lemon rind for extra zip.

Ingredients

  • 3 cups dried figs, halved (about 1 pound)
  • 2 cups port or other sweet red wine
  • 1/2 cup dry red wine
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange rind
  • 6 whole cloves
  • 1 whole star anise
  • 1 (3-inch) cinnamon stick
  • 1/2 cup whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup slivered almonds, toasted

Nutrition Information

  • calories 337
  • caloriesfromfat 26 %
  • fat 9.6 g
  • satfat 3.8 g
  • monofat 3.9 g
  • polyfat 1.4 g
  • protein 3.6 g
  • carbohydrate 55.9 g
  • fiber 7.7 g
  • cholesterol 20 mg
  • iron 1.9 mg
  • sodium 20 mg
  • calcium 123 mg

How to Make It

  1. Combine first 8 ingredients in a large saucepan; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer over low heat 40 minutes. Cover and chill. Discard cloves, star anise, and cinnamon stick.

  2. Place whipping cream in a medium bowl; beat with a mixer at high speed until soft peaks form. Top fig mixture with whipped cream and toasted almonds.