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    Pan-Fried Figs with Marsala

    Figs are one of the most luxurious fruits with their velvety skin and sweet, fragrant centre. Halve and grill them until golden, and serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, or uncooked with a spoonful of mascarpone cheese. Marsala is a fortified wine, which originally comes from Italy. Its sweet, robust flavour makes it ideal for desserts. There are more recipe ideas for figs in Autumn Seasons.

    • Preparation time: 10 minutes
    • Cooking time: 10 minutes
    • Total time: 20 minutes 20 minutes

    Serves: 4


    • 50g butter
    • 8 fresh figs, cut in half
    • 1 tbsp soft brown sugar
    • 4 thick slices Madeira cake
    • 5 tbsp Pellegrino Marsala Garibaldi Dolce (sweet wine)
    • Waitrose Organic Vanilla Ice Cream, to serve


    1. Heat the butter in a large frying pan and fry the figs, cut side down, for 2 minutes, until they start to colour. Stir in the sugar and cook for 2 minutes.
    2. Move the figs to one side and lay the slices of Madeira cake in the frying pan. Fry for 1-2 minutes each side, until golden. Place the cake on four serving plates and keep warm.
    3. Add the Marsala to the pan and bubble for 3-4 minutes. Divide the figs between the plates and pour over the sauce. Serve with scoops of vanilla ice cream.

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    Cook's tips

    Figs work well in sweet and savoury dishes. A simple dish of figs wrapped in slices of Parma ham makes a great starter. When choosing figs, select those that are soft but not over-ripe.


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