Balsamic Baked Figs With Mascarpone Cheese Recipe

Chase away the winter blues with a flavor combination that draws on the sweetness of baked figs, the creamy texture of mascarpone cheese, and the tartness of balsamic vinegar.
December 2010/January 2011
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Glam up simple, beautiful fruit. Baked figs with mascarpone cheese provides a welcome bit of decadence during the colder months. 


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Whether it's a still, frigid night or the wind is howling outside, winter is always a good time to spend quality time with your oven. We think our Balsamic baked figs with mascarpone cheese recipe will help you do just that. You'll need to prepare the cheese in advance, but don't worry. It's easy to make at home. Try this mascarpone recipe.

Ingredients: 

6 fresh, whole Turkish or Mission figs
1/4 cup raw almonds
1/4 cup aged balsamic vinegar (the older the vinegar, the sweeter it will be)
3/4 cup mascarpone cheese
Handful mint leaves, chopped
 

Instructions: 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Slice each fig in half lengthwise, and scoop out a tiny bit of the soft interior in order to make room for the cheese. (Go ahead and eat that part!)

Place the figs cut-side-up in a small baking dish, and sprinkle the almonds around them. Drizzle the vinegar over the figs and nuts, saving a little vinegar for garnish. Bake for 10 minutes.

Place a healthy dollop (roughly a tablespoon) of mascarpone cheese in each fig. Sprinkle with mint, drizzle with the remaining vinegar, and serve immediately. Serves 6. 

See Fresh Winter Foods for more winter recipe ideas.