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.

How to Make It

Step 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.

Step 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.

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