I got these figs but they weren’t sweet so I thought if I made a syrup for them it would help sweeten them up a bit, not only did it do that but it made it look even better! The skin of the figs turned the syrup violet!
For some reason figs that are sold at the market are not sweet like the figs that grow in Turkey…I wouldn’t know but my husband assures me of that. I can’t wait for the day to try that out for myself, because I haven’t once found a sweet fig in all these years of buying them…have you?
This recipe is super easy, and you can make as much of the filling as you need, you may want to stuff them a lot or a little. I like to add a little milk to the ricotta to thin it out a bit. I have always wanted to mix in some whipping cream, but I never have any on hand when I make this!
I sweeten the ricotta with honey, if you do not want to add honey that is fine too. I sometimes add finely grounded walnuts or pistachios to the ricotta and other times I do not. Sometimes I just top it with a walnut half, or sprinkle it with ground pistachios.
What you will need:
- 12 fresh ripe figs
- 1 and 1/2 cup fresh ricotta cheese
- 1-2 tbsp milk or cream or whipping cream
- honey to sweeten
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 3/4 cup water
Bring sugar and water to boil for 3- 5 minutes on low to medium heat. Meanwhile prepare the figs by removing stem and cut across in a quarter split. Add figs to syrup, and cook in the syrup for a couple of minutes.
Prepare ricotta filling, sweeten with honey and add milk to thin out if desired.
If you want to be fancy, you can use a pastry bag to fill the figs. Remove figs and place them on a serving dish, fill with ricotta filling and drizzle with syrup. Enjoy!