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Marsala-Fried Figs with Whipped Vanilla Mascarpone and Toasted Almonds

The perfect no-waste dessert recipe. Swap figs for other soft fruit you have ripening your fruit bowl.

Serves 4 Total Time  20 mins.


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  • 30g sliced almonds
  • 100g mascarpone cheese
  • 1 tbsp icing sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla paste
  • 15g butter
  • 8 ripe figs, cut in half
  • 1 tsp runny honey
  • 4 tbsp marsala wine


  1. Place a frying pan over a low–medium heat and add the almonds. Toast for 4–5 mins, turning every so often, until golden. Remove and keep to one side.
  2. Spoon the mascarpone into a mixing bowl and add the icing sugar and vanilla paste. Use electric beaters to whip the mascarpone for about 2 mins (or 5 mins by hand), until light and fluffy.
  3. Return the frying pan to the heat and add the butter. Once foaming, add the figs, rounded-side down, and fry for 1 min. Add the honey to the pan and flip the figs over. Fry for 1 min, then pour over the marsala. Allow to bubble for 1 min or so, until syrupy. Remove from the heat.
  4. Spoon the mascarpone into bowls or dessert plates and add the figs with some of the sticky pan sauce. To finish, sprinkle over the almonds and serve immediately.

Leftover tip: serve any leftovers with pancakes for an indulgent breakfast. Mascarpone left in the tub can be stirred through pasta, dolloped onto pizza or served alongside other fruits.

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