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)
- In a small bowl, combine top three ingredients and set aside until ready to use.
- 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.
- 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!