A Fruit That Descended from Paradise – Figs Poached in Red Wine Recipe

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Artists have painted the fig leaf to depicted modesty. But the fruit is sweet and alluring.

This recipe is so easy anyone could make it and with a little cinnamon ice cream it is dream of a dessert. Reduce the sugar and use them with meats.

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Servings: 4 Servings


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  2. Put them in a saucepan, pour the wine and add the cinnamon stick, skin of the lemon, star anise and add the sugar. Cover the pan and cook at medium high temperature for 10-15 minutes. Turn the figs around so that all sides are stained red. Cook for an additional 10 minutes. Test the figs with a skewer. If it goes through easily they are done. Remove the cinnamon stick, star anise and lemon.
  3. SAUCE
  4. Remove them from the pan and add the butter and reduce the wine down to about 1/2 cup. The figs should not be too sweet and usually don’t need extra sugar. The butter will make the sauce glisten and will give the sauce a warm buttery taste.
  5. They can be served hot or at room temperature. When you are ready to serve, place 2-3 figs in a glass or decorative dish and dribble the wine sauce over them. Or scoop some cinnamon or vanilla ice cream in a bowl and add the figs with dribbles of the wine sauce.


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Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving %DV
Serving Size 241g
Recipe makes 4 servings
Calories 275  
Calories from Fat 53 19%
Total Fat 6.09g 8%
Saturated Fat 3.71g 15%
Trans Fat 0.0g  
Cholesterol 15mg 5%
Sodium 46mg 2%
Potassium 400mg 11%
Total Carbs 36.74g 10%
Dietary Fiber 3.2g 11%
Sugars 31.29g 21%
Protein 0.97g 2%
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  • Pattie Meegan
    Patricia, this was another one of those "simple" dishes my grandmother and aunts thought of as so common (but we know better) I wait all year for fig season- lovely!
    xoxo Pattie
    • Foodessa
      Patricia...this is something similar I do with Port...although not with the creamy butter decadence ;o)
      I shall try this version too ;o)

      Flavourful wishes,


      • Jason Adams
        September 9, 2010
        Great combination of flavors. I just wonder where everyone gets Figs. I have never been able to find them near my house.
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        • Patricia Turo
          September 9, 2010
          Mission figs are available in most markets now. These are about the only variety available in the US markets. Possible they can be found at farmers markets as well. It surprises me because in Europe we can get many varieties.
        • Claudia lamascolo
          September 8, 2010
          my grandmom would have absolutely went nuts for this sounds wonderful and her favorite combo

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