Spiced Port Poached California Figs with Honeyed Cream

  • Yield 6 servings

Figs are poached in a delicious combination of spices and port wine then served with a creamy honey sauce.


12 -- fresh California figs
1/4 cup honey
4 cups port wine
pinch salt
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
2 -- lemons, zested
2 -- oranges, zested
2 whole cloves
2 -- cinnamon sticks
3 -- star anise
8 -- peppercorns
Honeyed Cream:
1/2 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup sour cream
1 tablespoon honey
-- Mint leaves; for garnish


  1. Trim thin slice from the bottom of figs; set aside.  Combine honey, port, salt, vinegar, lemon and orange zest, cloves, cinnamon, anise, and peppercorns in saucepan.  Heat to boiling; reduce heat.  Add figs and simmer for 5 minutes.  Set aside to cool.
  2. Meanwhile, whip creams and honey together until fluffy.  Divide and spread Honeyed Cream onto serving plates; arrange figs on top and drizzle wth poaching liquid and garnish with mint leaves.

Recipe courtesy of the California Fig Advisory Board