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Roasted Figs with Caramel

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Serves four.

You can make this dish ahead of time, and it's a good recipe for slightly underripe figs. I like to serve it with fresh raspberries.

  • 12 ripe but slightly firm figs, preferably black Missions or brown Turkeys
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • Whipped cream or ricotta cheese for garnish

Heat the oven to 450°F. Select a nonreactive baking dish in which all the figs will fit snugly so they'll stay standing upright during roasting. Rinse and dry the figs and arrange them snugly in the baking dish. In a medium skillet, spread the sugar evenly; put the skillet on medium-low heat

When the sugar starts melting around the edges, shake the pan to redistribute the unmelted sugar. When the sugar turns a deep honey color, start shaking, tilting, and swirling the pan to melt the sugar evenly. Be patient, there's no need to poke at the unmelted sugar.

Roasted Figs with Caramel Recipe
Making caramel takes patience. Melt the sugar slowly, gently shaking and tilting the pan.

Continue this way until all the sugar is completely melted, clear, and turns medium amber, about 15 minutes total cooking time. Pour the caramel over the figs, scraping out the pan thoroughly. Roast the figs in the caramel until big brown bubbles form and the caramel is deep amber, about 15 minutes. Cool the figs in the fridge; they'll collapse as they cool. Arrange the figs on serving plates, drizzle the caramel over them, and garnish with whipped cream or ricotta.

Roasted Figs with Caramel Recipe
When every bit of sugar has melted and the syrup is deep amber, pour it over the figs.

nutrition information (per serving):
Size : with 1/4 cup whipped cream, Calories (kcal): 310, Fat (kcal): 12, Fat Calories (g): 100, Saturated Fat (g): 7, Protein (g): 2, Monounsaturated Fat (g): 3, Carbohydrates (mg): 55, Polyunsaturated Fat (mg): 1, Sodium (g): 15, Cholesterol (g): 40, Fiber (g): 5,

Photo: Scott Phillips

These came out beautiful! My only complaint is the caramel really darkened and hardened after coming out of the oven and I probably would make more for four servings, since I love caramel and wanted a lot. Absolutely elegant, my first fig dish and I did love it. I topped it with a vanilla mascarpone cream and the figs were divine!

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