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Caramelised Figs with Mascarpone Cheese

December 23, 2010

A very impromptu dish created by Ana for her housemates for dessert on Christmas day. This is easy and delicious, the creamy mascarpone perfectly complementing the sweetness of the ripe figs.

Serve individually or on a large platter

Serves 5

10 perfect, ripe figs

8-10 tablespoons of cane sugar (depending on how sweet you want them)

500g mascarpone cheese

1/2 cup powdered sugar

8 tablespoons of sweet dessert wine or a late picked rielsing

Make two perpendicular cuts half way into each fig as if you were going to quarter them. Put them on a baking tray covered with greaseproof or baking paper.

Sprinkle a teaspoon or so of cane sugar over each fig and pop them under the grill for 2-3 minutes, to lightly caramelise the sugar.

Arrange the figs on serving plate(s) and continue the cuts almost all the way down to the base, so the figs open like flowers.

Mix the mascarpone cheese with the powdered sugar and dessert wine. Place a generous  dollop of the cheese on each fig and serve immediatley.