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Seared Figs and White Peaches with Balsamic Reduction

Photo: Randy Mayor; Stylist: Jan Gautro
Yield 8 servings
Ripe figs and peaches have naturally high levels of sugar, which means they'll caramelize beautifully without additional sugar or copious amounts of fat. This simple yet elegant dessert is a great way to maintain the texture and floral flavors of these delicate fruits. Toasted whole black peppercorns add an interesting savory flavor to this dish.

Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon black peppercorns
  • 2 teaspoons butter, divided
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme, divided
  • 4 firm ripe white peaches (about 1 3/4 pounds), halved and pitted
  • 8 firm ripe Black Mission figs, halved lengthwise (about 1 pound)
  • 1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/3 cup crème fraîche
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt

Nutrition Information

  • calories 133
  • fat 4.8 g
  • satfat 2.8 g
  • monofat 0.4 g
  • polyfat 0.2 g
  • protein 1.6 g
  • carbohydrate 22.4 g
  • fiber 3.2 g
  • cholesterol 12 mg
  • iron 0.6 mg
  • sodium 50 mg
  • calcium 32 mg

How to Make It

  1. Cook peppercorns in a small skillet over medium heat 6 minutes or until fragrant and toasted. Cool. Place peppercorns in a heavy-duty zip-top plastic bag; seal. Crush peppercorns with a meat mallet or rolling pin; set aside.

  2. Melt 1 teaspoon butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat; stir in 1 teaspoon thyme. Add peaches, cut sides down, to pan. Cook 2 minutes or until browned. Remove from pan. Place 1 peach half, cut sides up, on each of 8 plates. Melt remaining 1 teaspoon butter in pan; stir in remaining 1 teaspoon thyme. Add figs, cut sides down, to pan; cook 2 minutes or until browned. Place two fig halves on each plate.

  3. Add vinegar to pan; cook over medium-low heat until reduced to 3 tablespoons (about 3 minutes). Cool slightly. Spoon about 2 teaspoons crème fraîche into the center of each peach half; drizzle about 1 teaspoon vinegar mixture over each serving. Sprinkle each serving with about 1/8 teaspoon pepper. Sprinkle evenly with salt.

Cook's Notes

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