• 12 figs, fresh
• 1 cinnamon stick
• Juice of 1 lemon
• 4 Tbsp maple syrup
• 1-2 C water
• Arequipe, dulce de leche or caramel sauce (whichever is easiest to find)
• 6 oz Queso Fresco
Bring a cup of water to boil. In the meantime, cut the fits crosswise (make an ‘X’ on the bottom about halfway down). Once the water is boiling, add the maple syrup, cinnamon stick and lemon juice. Stir to mix well. Add figs, cut side down. If necessary, add more water to cover at least 3/4 of the figs. Bring liquid to a boil again. Reduce and simmer about 20 minutes, until liquid reduces and begins to resemble a syrup consistency.
Remove from heat and let cool. Transfer the figs with syrup into a glass container and allow to cool for another hour.
To serve, fill the cut side of the fig with about 1 tsp or arequipe, dulce de leche or caramel sauce. Eat with a slice of queso fresco or sprinkle cheese crumbles on top.
(2 figs): 233 calories, 7g fat, 25mg cholesterol, 239mg sodium, 35g crabs, 30g sugar, 3g fiber, 8g protein.
Originally from PRO Pulse November-December 2016