Summer desserts at our house usually center around seasonable fresh fruit, usually prepared very simply. Sometimes I grill peaches or apricots, pair berries with sorbet or serve slices of fragrant melon with large-flaked sea salt.
The past few weeks, I have been disappointed not to find any fresh figs, one of my favorite summer fruits, anywhere in stores or local markets. Finally, I found some at Whole Foods, perfectly ripe, and so tempting that I ate two while driving home from the store.
I knew exactly how I wanted to prepare them, inspired by a sampling I’d seen – and tasted – at our local Trader Joe’s. They had served pieces of fresh fig with a dab of mascarpone cheese and a drizzle of honey, perfection in a bite.
LtC TIP: Warm the honey slightly for easy drizzling.
- 6 fresh figs
- 2-4 Tablespoons mascarpone cheese
- 2 teaspoon honey
- Wash and halve the figs.
- Arrange 3 figs on 2 dessert plates.
- Spoon some mascarpone on each serving, drizzle with honey and serve.
So delightful Liz! We are in a fig drought here as well and I can’t wait…I have a tree and all my fruit dropped prematurely..I have two flats on order.
I hope you get your hands on some figs soon, Wendy – wonder what’s going on?
How nice of you to make dessert for me and my hubby on our anniversary! I love the simplicity of this – just let the ingredients shine!
Happy Anniversary to you both – I enjoyed your photos on Facebook.
I love fruit and cheese together and love the idea of adding honey for sweetness. What a lovely way to use local fruit!
Talk about simple – my kind of summer dessert, Lisa.
That looks so good!!
Thanks for commenting!
Such a perfect treat, I love figs and have not seen them at all in the stores. They are one of my favorite late summer fruits. We generally start seeing them around now and not a fig to be found. This is so simple and delicious, I love the dollop of mascarpone and drizzle of honey.
I wonder what is going on with figs this summer? I had trouble finding them here in San Diego, Wendy had the same problem in Florida – and now you in NYC…