Fresh Figs with Mascarpone and Warm Spiced Honey

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.
Body+Soul, September 2005
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  • 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.

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Reviews (7)

  • Orly Frank 11 Aug, 2013

    This recipe is perfect . It's simple to prepare , wonderfully elegant , and amenable to almost any meal. The warm spiced honey will transform any seasonal fruit into a masterful dessert. I added some wafers and vanilla ice cream. My guests were smitten !

  • kellypoff 25 Jul, 2010

    I couldn't find figs the first time so I used papaya and pomagranate. It was delicious, too!

  • mrseiras 7 Feb, 2010

    Add some walnuts or coarsely chopped roasted chestnuts when complete. Delicious!

  • paclsp 6 Oct, 2009

    I found it! mascarpone is a cheese... this sounds delicious! :)

  • paclsp 6 Oct, 2009

    what is mascarpone?

  • 123ragamuffin 30 Sep, 2009

    The figs in my backyard. New Jersey, are ripening now.

  • chefette86 4 Mar, 2009

    This sounds delicious, but figs aren't in season right now.