Thursday, September 6, 2012

Caramelized Figs

I still remember, when I was a kid living in Mexico City one of my favorites things in the world was homemade caramelized figs that my dad used to bring home from an old lady where he and his coworkers had lunch every day. It was a delicious treat and it just brings me great memories of my childhood. 
It's fig season!! So I decided to make some yummy, light caramelized figs to enjoy as dessert or in a summer salad with goat cheese.

Here's what you need:

- About a dozen figs halved lengthwise.
- 2 tbsp. of Splenda (you can use sugar instead)
- 1/4 cup of balsamic vinegar 
- 1 tsp. of unsalted butter

Here's how you do it:

Heat a large skillet over high heat and add butter. Add the figs and spread the sugar over then and cook until the sugar and juices caramelized, about 3-4 min.

Make sure to turn the figs over as they brown.

 Add the balsamic vinegar and cook over medium heat until is reduce to syrup. Make sure no to over reduce the glaze.

You can serve them warm or cold. I enjoy them more once they've been in the fridge for a couple of hours; they are richer in flavor and the texture is just perfect!  

Bon Appetit!

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