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Roasted Figs with Red Wine-Fig Sauce

  • ACTIVE: 15 MIN
  • TOTAL TIME: 40 MIN
  • SERVINGS: 4
  • FAST
  • VEGETARIAN

A stay on the Prosperité always includes a dinner off the barge. One of the regular excursions is to the Michelin one-star restaurant Le Jardin des Remparts, where Roland Chanliaud offers ambitious food with a regional accent. This warm dessert with ice cream has been simplified (Chanliaud makes his own cinnamon ice cream and serves it with thin toasted slices of Burgundy's famous pain d'épices, a dense, spicy honey cake), but it does showcase Chanliaud's obsession with seasonal ingredients like fresh figs.

  1. 20 purple figs (about 1 1/2 pounds), stems trimmed
  2. 2 tablespoons melted unsalted butter
  3. 1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon sugar
  4. 1 cup dry red wine
  5. 2 mint sprigs
  6. 1 cinnamon stick, broken in half
  7. Ground allspice, for sprinkling
  8. Vanilla ice cream, for serving
  1. Preheat the oven to 450°. Stand 16 of the figs upright in a shallow baking dish. Using a small knife, make a cross in each one and lightly press to open the incisions slightly. Brush the tops of the figs with the melted butter and sprinkle with 1 tablespoon of the sugar. Bake in the upper third of the oven for about 25 minutes, or until the figs are tender and glazed on top.
  2. Meanwhile, coarsely chop the remaining 4 figs. Transfer to a mini food processor and puree. In a medium saucepan, combine the red wine with the remaining 1/4 cup of sugar, the mint sprigs and cinnamon stick and boil over high heat until reduced by half, about 5 minutes. Discard the mint and cinnamon stick and stir in the fig puree.
  3. Spoon the sauce on small plates. Set 4 figs on each plate, sprinkle with allspice, add a scoop of ice cream and serve right away.
Make Ahead The sauce can be refrigerated overnight. Reheat gently.