Spiced Port Poached Figs with Honeyed Cream

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INGREDIENTS:

12 fresh, ripe medium figs
1/4 cup honey
4 cups port wine
pinch of 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
½ cup heavy cream
½ cup sour cream
1 tablespoon honey
mint leaves, for garnish

METHOD:

Trim thin slice from bottoms of figs, set aside.

Combine honey, port, salt, vinegar, lemon and orange zests, cloves, cinnamon, anise, and peppercorns in large saucepan. Heat to boiling; reduce heat. Add figs and simmer for 5 minutes. Set aside to cool.

Meanwhile, whip creams and honey together until fluffy. Divide and spoon onto 6 individual serving plates. Arrange figs on top and drizzle with poaching liquid and garnish with mint leaves.

YIELD: 6 servings, 2 figs each

SOURCE: Recipe from Max’s Bistro, Fresno, California, CaliforniaFigs.com