Monday, October 24, 2005

Figs In Syrup

Dried figs are a comfort food for me. Drying concentrates the sugars into a jelly like centre sprinkled with crunchy seeds - nature's own soft centered candy. But sometimes these dry out a little too much and get a little too hard for chewing comfort. Here's what you can do with them:

-1/4 cup water
-1/4 cup Bacardi Gold Rum
-1 orange, zested and juiced
-1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
-1 tablespoon brown sugar
-1 teaspoon natural vanilla extract
-1 cup dried whole figs

Now combine
water, rum, orange juice, orange zest, cinnamon, brown sugar, and vanilla in a small saucepan and place over medium heat. Add the figs and cook until reconstituted, about 10 minutes.

The original recipe seemed a little bland for my tastes, so I substitued the water with a mix of equal parts water and Bacardi Gold Rum. This is good served warm with a dollop of ice cream or spooned over a slice of spice cake ( we tried it both ways). It also stores well, so make a batch in advance and warm up before serving.

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