Saturday, July 3, 2010
Figs contain omega-3 fatty acids, which are associated with healthy heart and brain function, and lutein, which aids vision. Nutritionists recommend figs for helping to lower blood cholesterol and blood pressure.
8 small (or 4 large) fresh, ripe figs, stems trimmed, halved lengthwise
1/3 cup mascarpone, softened
1/3 cup mild honey
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground cardamom
1/8 teaspoon ground allspice
4 sprigs fresh mint
1.Arrange the figs cut-side up among four plates. Use the back of a teaspoon to gently press into the center of the flesh and create a small indentation.
2.Add a dollop of mascarpone to the center of each fig half and set plates aside.
3.Place honey and spices in a small heat-proof bowl and set over a pan with simmering water. Cook over medium heat, whisking to blend, until the honey is liquefied and warm, 1 to 2 minutes. Drizzle honey over each fig, garnish plates with mint sprigs, and serve immediately.