Dried Figs in Wine

One of the best fruit desserts is simply a bowl of fresh figs. I only see them in the market occasionally. When I do, I serve them as a first course with prosciutto or as a dessert with a dollop of sweet and creamy mascarpone on the side. When fresh figs are not available, I rely on this old family recipe that utilizes dried figs.



  • 1 teaspoon butter
  • 12 large dried figs (1/2 pound )
  • 1/3 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 cup dry red wine
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 tablespoon grated orange zest


  1. Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Lightly grease a deep 6-inch round casserole dish with the butter.
  2. With your fingers, open each fig at the stem end to form a small hole. Stuff some of the walnuts into each fig and place filled side up in a single layer in the casserole.
  3. In a small pot, heat the wine and honey, stirring until the honey dissolves. Pour the mixture over the figs. Sprinkle on the zest, cover the casserole tightly with a lid or foil, and bake for 30 minutes.
  4. Let the figs cool to room temperature in the casserole. To serve, place 3 figs on each of 4 small dessert dishes and pour over some of the wine sauce. Serve immediately.

This recipe was featured on Season 4 - Episode 411.

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