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Ice Cream With Figs Poached In Port And Star Anise

Here's a super-sophisticated yet easy-to-make topping for ice cream. Serve shortbread cookies alongside.

Courses: Dessert
Serves: 8 people

Recipe Ingredients

1   Tawny Port - (750 ml)
2 cups 474mlWater
16   Dried Calimyrna figs - stemmed, each
  Cut into 8 wedges
1 cup 198g / 7ozSugar
2   Star anise - see * Note
1   Vanilla bean - split lengthwise
8   Strips lemon peel, 4" by 1/2" ea - removed with
  Vegetable peeler from 2 lemons - (yellow part only)
3   Vanilla ice cream

Recipe Instructions

* Note: Brown star-shaped seedpods available at Asian markets and specialty foods stores and in the spice section of some supermarkets.

Combine first 7 ingredients in heavy large saucepan. Bring to boil over high heat, stirring until sugar dissolves. Reduce heat and simmer until figs soften, stirring occasionally, about 15 minutes.

Using slotted spoon, transfer figs to bowl. Increase heat to high and boil poaching liquid until syrupy and reduced to 1 1/3 cups, about 20 minutes. Pour syrup over figs in bowl. Cool. Refrigerate until cold, at least 2 hours. (Can be made 4 days ahead. Cover and keep refrigerated.)

Scoop ice cream into dessert goblets. Remove star anise and vanilla bean from fig mixture. Spoon figs and syrup over ice cream and serve.

This recipe yields 8 servings.

Source:
Bon Appetit, January 2002

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