Chilled Fresh Figs with Raspberries

Figues fraîches rafraîchies aux framboises

Preparation info

  • Difficulty

    Medium

  • For

    two

    people

Appears in

Cuisine of the Sun

By Roger Vergé

Published 1979

  • About

Inexpensive when figs are in season

Ingredients

  • 6 fresh figs, ripe but not too soft, preferably ‘muscat’ figs
  • 100 g ( oz) fresh raspberries
  • 2 tablespoons redcurrant jelly
  • 2 tablespoons eau-de-vie de framboise
  • 3 tablespoons double cream
  • 1 tablespoon caster or icing sugar
  • 6 crystallised violets

Equipment

  • 2 small iced plates

Method

  1. Peel six fresh figs (strip off their thin violet skins or just stroke them lightly with the blade of a small knife). Cut off the stalk. Make two cuts in the middle of the figs in the form of a cross, without cutting right through. Then, pressing lightly with your thumb in the middle of the fruit open out the four ‘petals’ of flesh. Keep them on one side. Put the raspberries into a bowl. Melt the redcurrant jelly and mix it while it is still warm with the raspberries. Keep on one side in a cool place.
  2. Put the cream into a bowl together with the eau-de-vie de framboise and the sugar. Whisk until the cream becomes light and thick.
  3. Cover the bottom of the chilled plates with this cream and arrange three opened figs on each one. Place a teaspoon of raspberries in the middle and crown each fig with a crystallised violet.

Recommended wines

  • Sweet dessert wines – Sauternes, Barsac, Vouvray