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Reconstituting Dried Figs

lattelover Dec 13, 2011 08:48 AM

I have a rec ipe that calls for fresh figs but all I can find are dried mission figs. Can I make them taste more like fresh figs somehow, for example, plumping them a little liquid? If so, what liquid should be used - water, brandy, sherry? Has anyone tried to do this? Tx.

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  1. Karl S Dec 13, 2011 08:49 AM

    Well, I love poaching them in tea and a flavored syrup, as in this recipe:

    1 cup sugar
    4 cups water
    2 tea bags
    The pared rind of 1 navel orange (wash it carefully before using)
    1 pound dried figs
    2 tablespoons chopped crystallized ginger

    In a heavy-based saucepan, heat the sugar and water, stirring occasionally, until the sugar dissolves. Add the tea bags and steep for 5 minutes. Remove and discard the bags.
    Add the rest of the ingredients and bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium low. Cover and simmer for 20 minutes or until the figs are tender. Let cool to room temperature before serving; don’t discard liquid. To store, place the figs and their liquid in a covered container and refrigerate.

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    1. re: Karl S
      lattelover Dec 13, 2011 09:18 AM

      That recipe sounds delicious and one I will certainly try in the future, but the flavor I am going for is one just of fresh figs since there will be other ingredients with competing flavors. In fact, I would like them to taste less sugary but am wondering if water would make them taste just too bland.

      1. re: lattelover
        OCEllen Dec 13, 2011 01:11 PM

        You might try water with some fresh lemon juice and a bit of grated peel; this should restore the fresh fruit flavor. I have fig trees and this is what I do when they are not in season.

        1. re: OCEllen
          lattelover Dec 13, 2011 04:33 PM

          Tx. I'll try it!

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