Pinot Noir Poached Figs are lightly poached in the delicious wine reduction, so they will not lose any of their delicious taste. This delicious dessert is so refreshing during summer.
When you can find fresh figs in your local stores, usually from mid-June to mid-October, buy them and use them as soon as you can. Fresh figs will not last long and will spoil in 7 to 10 days of harvesting. This means that you must use them about 3 days, at most, if purchasing. Use immediately or store in a plastic bag in the coldest part of your refrigerator.
In a non-reactive saucepan, bring the pinot noir wine, honey, vinegar, peppercorns, cinnamon sticks, and cloves to a simmer. Continue cooking at a low simmer until the mixture is reduced to a light syrup, approximately 30 to 40 minutes. Remove from heat.
Strain the mixture and return it to the saucepan. Add the halved figs and salt; stir gently. Cook over low heat until the figs are just tender, approximately 5 to 10 minutes. Remove from heat.
Using a slotted spoon, transfer the figs to a bowl. There should be about 1 cup pinot noir syrup in the saucepan. if there is more, boil it down to reduce to 1 cup. Remove pinot noir syrup from the heat and let cool. When cool, add the figs back to the syrup and refrigerate.
Serve the figs cold with the syrup spooned over them.
NOTE: The fig mixture may be prepared up to 2 days ahead; cover and chill.
Makes 4 cups.
* I used Black Fig Vinegar - It was excellent!
** Whatever variety of figs you select, the figs must be ripe. However, if they are so ripe that their skin is splitting, reduce the cooking time as necessary to prevent them from falling apart.
Source: This delicious recipe is from Higgins Restaurant in Portland, Oregon.