Poached Figs Stuffed with Sainte-Maure Cheese in Merlot Wine Syrup

Preparation info
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Appears in
A Passion for Cheese

By Paul Gayler

Published 1997

  • About

Purple figs are best for this dish. During summer I like to serve some fresh berries sprinkled around the figs.


  • 16 ripe but firm figs
  • 100 g (4 oz, ½ cup)


For the syrup, put the sugar, wine and cinnamon in a saucepan that is just large enough to hold the figs in a single layer. Bring slowly to the boil, stirring to dissolve the sugar, and simmer for 4-5 minutes. Add the figs and poach for 4-5 minutes, or until just tender. Remove the figs with a slotted spoon. Boil the syrup until reduced to half its volume.

Purée 4 of the figs in a blend