Mascarpone with Port Marinated Figs Recipe – An elegant ending to any meal! Can be made ahead so you only have some last minute assembling to do!
I will just admit it: I didn’t always have the gourmet refined palate I’m in possession of today (which is, like, totes existing and not at all an illusion).
I was in fact quite blind to the whole world of good food.
And then Branimir came along.
Now you may or may not know that he is a trained chef and absolutely capable of cooking amazing things.
We actually met while cooking at school but that’s a story for another day.
When we were first dating he put a whole lot of effort into making me delicious dinners and meanwhile ruining any kind of restaurant for me.
The first few times we went to eat out together I was slightly taken aback by the fact that he criticized pretty much anything put in front of him.
But then I slowly started to understand. And you know what? It is really annoying.
What used to be my favorite restaurants now get some serious side eye and I forced Branimir to teach me some things at home.
Now don’t get me wrong, that doesn’t mean I’m not ever eating fast food or living off cereal for a few days (formerly because semester break and TV and lately because baby).
But if I’m going to spend big money (as in more than I’d spend on a cheap burger) on food I want it to be fully satisfying.
Now we are not on a budget allowing us to eat out a lot so when we went to Croatia last summer we saved up some money especially for nice restaurants.
We didn’t make it to that many places though because we quickly found a favorite.
And you know what? It was my first time eating proper nice restaurant food. And I was hooked.
Seriously, I wish I could have every meal of every day at a fancy restaurant but I guess having a home to live in is more important than fine dining.For once I’m making reasonable decisions!
There was one dessert I couldn’t get out of my head though.
It was this amazing combination of creamy, crunchy and fruity.
We could never (yes I say never because we went and had this three times – I bow my head in shame) really figure out what the exact ingredients might be but I tried my best at recreating it at home.
There is some delicious orange and cinnamon scented mascarpone accompanied by port marinated dried figs, served over some crunchy wholegrain cookies (which are totally store bought).
The best part? Everything can be made ahead so you only need to do some last minute assembling before serving an elegant finish to a nice dinner party!
(Or you could, you know, make it to eat all by yourself instead of ice cream in front of the TV. Nobody ever said you can’t be classy in your PJ’s!)
Mascarpone with Port Marinated Figs Recipe
For the Port Marinated Figs
- 12 dried figs quartered
- 2/3 cup port wine
For the Mascarpone Cream
- 1 cup mascarpone
- 2 tablespoons powdered sugar
- Zest of 1/2 an orange
- 1 tablespoon orange juice
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 12 whole grain cookies or graham crackers
To Make the Port Marinated Figs
Combine the figs and the port in a small dish. Cover and let sit for up to 24 hours but at least overnight.
To Make the Mascarpone Cream
Combine all ingredients in a small bowl and mix well. Refrigerate up to 24 hours until ready to use.
Drain the figs and add the liquid to a small saucepan. Bring to a boil and simmer for 2-3 minutes.
Crumble the cookies into six glasses. Top with mascarpone cream and add the figs on top. Drizzle with the reduced port.