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Chocolate Mascarpone-Stuffed Fresh Figs

October 17, 2011

After being MIA from the kitchen for most of the summer, you can’t blame a girl for having food on her mind in a big way.  I’ve begun to dream about food again.  Cookbooks are once again keeping company with other reading material on my nightstand.  My mind is mostly on new cakes and other sweet treats but pasta recipes are always inspiring.  It’s a good thing the holidays are almost upon us–I’ve got lots of cooking to do!

This past weekend some very good friends paid a visit, their arms loaded with a complete lunch for four.  I had planned to serve dessert but they had that covered, too.  As I didn’t have enough time for a more involved cake or tart that day, I decided on a super simple treat instead.  I had fresh figs, mascarpone cheese and assorted liqueurs stashed away.  Remember this simple dessert using mascarpone with Cointreau-soaked bluberries? I was inspired to liven up the mascarpone with liqueur, this time using chocolate.

I stuffed each fresh fig with the chocolate mascarpone and amped the flavor with dark chocolate shavings.  Delicately sweet, fresh figs are truly wonderful on their own but the lightly-spiked cream cheese wasn’t a bad addition either.  I can see serving these at a dinner party.  Simplicity at its best.

Chocolate Mascarpone-Stuffed Fresh Figs

  • 8 0z mascarpone cheese
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons chocolate liqueur
  • 2 1/2 – 3 teaspoons powdered sugar
  • Fresh figs, tops sliced off and slit across the top in a cross shape for stuffing (about 1 pound)
  1. In a small bowl, combine top three ingredients and set aside until ready to use.
  2. When you cut the figs, make sure not to cut all the way down to the bottom of the fruit.  3/4 of the way down is sufficient.
  3. Use a pastry bag to stuff the figs or, if you don’t have a pastry kit like me, use a sandwich bag with the end snipped off to do the job.  It works just fine!
25 Comments leave one →
  1. October 17, 2011 3:17 PM

    What a delicate and beautiful dish. Thanks for sharing!

  2. October 17, 2011 3:30 PM

    If I could only find some fresh figs in my part of the world!

  3. October 17, 2011 4:03 PM

    Great simple dessert!

  4. October 17, 2011 4:28 PM

    It doesn’t take much to convince me to try figs in a new way. But mascarpone and chocolate? Oh my, I already love it!

  5. October 17, 2011 4:29 PM

    Now this is a different recipe! I may give this one a try!

  6. October 17, 2011 4:38 PM

    Lovely. And your photos are so vivid I wanted to reach in and grab one. Simple and elegant. Love, love, love.

  7. October 17, 2011 5:32 PM

    What a beautiful dessert. & I love to hear that cookbooks and magazines have made it back on to the night stand. (me too) That is how I know I feel good about cooking again!

    What a treat for your guests and sweet photos to boot – megs

  8. amelia from z tasty life permalink
    October 17, 2011 6:03 PM

    Welcome back! I have been MIA myself… It has been nice to take a break but yes, its nice to be back to food blogging. Fast desserts are my favorite, and these are so elegant too!

  9. October 17, 2011 7:36 PM

    Yup, I am making these, but maybe with Frangelico and toasted hazelnuts instead of chocolate. It’s so, so good to have you back.

  10. October 17, 2011 7:56 PM

    Love the idea of marscarpone and figs – perfect food marriage! Glad you are back! BTW – love the new blog logo – nicely done!!! 🙂

  11. October 17, 2011 8:21 PM

    Oh I love this, what a nice little bite. These look super yummy.

  12. October 18, 2011 3:33 AM

    Wonderful idea and beautiful dish!

  13. October 18, 2011 7:55 AM

    These are gorgeous! You’re right…sometimes simple and fresh is exactly the way to go. I love the chocolate liqueur mixed in.

  14. October 18, 2011 8:04 AM

    Love this! Delicate, fresh and indulgent 🙂

  15. October 18, 2011 12:24 PM

    Oh my goodness. I had something like these with dates a long time ago. What you just made is unbelievable ! Thanks for sharing!

  16. October 18, 2011 1:01 PM

    Lovely

  17. October 18, 2011 1:30 PM

    Some of the simplest dishes are the best! These look beautiful.

  18. October 18, 2011 4:25 PM

    What a nice treat. Fresh figs are MIA around here.

  19. October 18, 2011 10:50 PM

    Jean – these stuffed figs are just lovely! I have a small stash of figs left…I’m makin’ these with the rest. 🙂

  20. October 19, 2011 7:02 AM

    Oh wow. These figs sound amazing – and with the liquor too…. Just wow.

  21. October 19, 2011 11:11 AM

    looks perfect! thank you! pinned so i dont loose it 🙂

  22. October 19, 2011 4:59 PM

    I love figs and mascarpone!

  23. October 25, 2011 2:53 PM

    This is a fabulous and scrumptious idea!

  24. November 11, 2011 9:16 AM

    these are beautiful! xx

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