Figs in Cognac Caramel

There is no school like the old school for CorningWare

Fortune has smiled on us in the form of fig trees. Not our own fig trees mind you, but those of friends willing to share their bounty or even ladders to make sure our fig supply runneth over.

Figs in Cognac Caramel

  • 3/4 cup cognac
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 vanilla pod, split lengthwise
  • 1 cinnamon stick, broken in half
  • 2 whole cloves
  • 1 pint fresh figs

Place figs in a shallow dish large enough to have them all in one layer. In a two-quart saucepan, combine water, cognac and sugar. Bring to a simmer. Add spices. Stir well. Simmer until mixture has reduced to a thin syrup, about 45 minutes. Remove from heat and pull out the pods and sticks. Pour over figs and let cool to room temperature. Cover and store in the refrigerator. They should keep for a week.

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75 Responses to Figs in Cognac Caramel

  1. nrhatch says:

    I’m drooling all over my keyboard . . . :D

  2. eva626 says:

    o0o cinnamon and cloves go so perfectly together..i love that combo…
    and i also love her comment above ^ LOL

  3. I’ve still got some of that old corning ware :)

  4. Rufus, I have been away for a week or so visiting in Santa Fe so have missed a few of your deliciously lovely blogs, but just got back and caught this one and want to say how very wonderful I think this is. There should be some local figs in my neighborhood ripe very soon and I am going to try out your very easy and appealing recipe. Thanks.

  5. Zo Zhou says:

    That is some seriously luxurious decadence! I need to make friends with some people who own fig trees. I have yet to try a ripe and fresh fig!

  6. Are you kidding me??? This looks ridiculous!

  7. rutheh says:

    Good fortune indeed!

  8. I must applaud you and Katherine because you guys have come up with so many ways I can use figs. I just bought some and gonna try it out. Thanks for the inspiration.

  9. JamieAnne says:

    This looks delightful. Perfect even. Bravo. Well done!

  10. That is a very sexy recipe – the glossy appearance plus the combination of cognac and figs works for me.

  11. YES PLEASE – a double serving if I may. :-) Mandy

  12. Now that looks like something worth waiting for. It looks really rich and spoiling, and I can imagine the vanilla and cinnamon with the fig taste. Delicious.

  13. A week?! More like 10 minutes in my house! I will make you jealous in a few weeks when your figs are over and mine start…hopefully ;)

  14. Charles says:

    They look so glossy and wonderful – great use for figs. I can just imagine how great they’d taste! Sticky, boozy awesomeness :)

  15. Lucky people that gave you the figs as I am sure they will be benefiting from their generosity!

  16. vicvickvicky says:

    These look amazing. I love how the figs are glistening in that sauce.

  17. Mmmm, figs! How I wish they were easier to grow up here…
    Sad story: The house my grandparents lived in when I was a child (Pine Bluff – shhh! Don’t tell!) had a huge fig tree at the back gate. They NEVER ate them, and when I was a teen, my grandmother made Granddad cut it down because it ‘drew bugs.’ I never even tasted a fresh fig until I was grown…
    Can’t wait to see what else you do with them!

  18. Chef Scar says:

    This looks and sounds delicious, now if I could only find some fresh figs. Last Fall, my wife and I spent a few days in Sonoma, CA. One of the highlights of visiting this delightful city was dinner at The Girl and The Fig, http://www.thegirlandthefig.com/ the chef has some delicious and innovative dishes that are well-prepared and served,

  19. ChgoJohn says:

    You said we could expect fig recipes and this one certainly doesn’t disappoint. It’s actually drool-worthy! I can’t wait to see what else you’ve got planned for us.

  20. Amy says:

    Holy cow this sounds amazing…and sweet! So jealous of your fig bounty!

  21. spicegirlfla says:

    Mmm…so they last for a week…do I have enough time to purchase a ticket and get to your home before they are all gone???

  22. Oh yes. That would be so, so good over some ice cream. Or with cheese!:)

  23. You always have the neatest recipes. This sounds great. Have a good weekend, too!

  24. sallybr says:

    Agree with Southern Lady, you come up with neat recipes all the time! You are giving me a severe inferiority blogging complex! And, to add to my pain, both our fig trees were hit very badly this past Winter, they are coming back, but I doubt we’ll have figs in the next 2 to 3 years :-(

    wonderful recipe, I imagine those figs could be wonderful over vanilla ice cream – I wonder if you could make fig ice cream using these as a starting point?

  25. vanilla + cinnamon + cloves = heaven

  26. Those figs look absolutely amazing! I love fig recipes. Old school corning ware is awesome. I myself cook with a lot of old school dishes, pyrex, cast iron, corning ware etc. Hmmmm, maybe I should create a posting just about my old school dishes….. :)

  27. I have a huge carrier bag full of figs in my freezer taking up too much space. I’ve got too much chutney and jam as it is and no more jars! I’m definitely up for making this, maybe I could have a fig party to try and get rid of them all!

  28. Sissi says:

    Still fig sitting? I am still waiting for figs here… I bookmark this amazing recipe and patiently wait for their appearance.

  29. Wow, I’m not even that fond of figs and it looks good!

  30. Joanne says:

    OH MY FREAKIN’ GOODNESS. This looks AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!! This dish is totally up my alley. I wish I could get my hands on some fresh figs!!!! I can’t even get them at my whole foods :( I’ve only had fresh figs once and surprisingly enough it was in Paris. Totally different from dried!

  31. Yum! I love all these flavors and never thought to combine them with figs so this is very interesting and so delicious

  32. Caroline says:

    WHAT?!!?! No words. I must eat this right now. I can’t stop looking at that photo. OK, I’ll calm down now.

  33. Karen says:

    Beautiful dish. I would like to have them alongside a couple of wonderful cheeses and some roasted nuts for a cheese course. Oh, and a little piece of bread to soak up the delicious sauce.

  34. Rachel says:

    Wow to the wow! Is this a “just eat it” or are you putting it on, oh, ice cream or something? Pound cake, maybe?? It looks *wonderful*!! I’ve done peaches sort of this way, but never figs… and now I have to wait until next year to try it… waaahhhh.. :-(

  35. ambrosiana says:

    This is such a creative recipe!! I love the combination of cognac and figs!!!!! I am going to try it….and I am going to add some zabaione gelato!!!!

  36. Ramona says:

    This looks SO delicious and I actually dislike figs. Still it would be worth a try, who knows, maybe I’ll be a convert. Have just found out about this blog, it’s great and the recipes are amazing. Will surely help me in the kitchen :)

  37. Holly says:

    Again, having eaten no figs properly I don’t even know if I like them… I don’t dislike much but I have always been a bit wary of figs…

  38. randommanda says:

    Believe it or not, I haven’t had a fresh fig! We make an awesome pork tenderloin sauce with dried figs, but fresh figs have never graced our kitchen; looks like I need to get some!

  39. I remember my mother having a set of Corningware like this! These figs look so juicy and yummy.

  40. joshuafagans says:

    I would have to agree. This looks ridiculous(ly good that is)!

  41. Karl says:

    This recipe really sounds scrumptious! How do you serve them? By themselves?

  42. Ok, enough is enough! I held my tongue through the muffins, pastrami, and tomato pie, but if you’re not going to share please stop taunting the rest of us! ;)

  43. ChefMom says:

    Two things…this is the corningware my mom used when I was a kid. Love it! So many memories. And the other thing – my dad would adore this recipe. :)

  44. PhobicFoodie says:

    Oh wow! That looks amazing. I need to go out and buy some figs immediately!

  45. drool… figs & cognac, yummers.
    ps – love the homage to old school corningware. reminds me of my mom’s kitchen!

  46. weirdcombos says:

    Never had figs with cognac. Looks delicious. Super simple to make. What is the best way to serve it? Cold? Warm?
    In Brazil my mother used to make something similar with green figs that were cooked in flavored syrup then served with vanilla ice cream, jimmies and some of the syrup on top.
    cheers,
    Hegs

  47. Wow- what great friends you have! And looks like a delicious creation!

  48. rsmacaalay says:

    That shiny glaze on that figs hypnotizes me. That sure looks great!

  49. TasteFood says:

    This is decadent! What a great combination of ingredients.

  50. Omg,this is heaven! I’ve been so behind on readng posts and I missd this one when I had my Italian family over for dinner! They’d love this one! Next time I’ll have to make it!

  51. Carolyn Chan says:

    Figs are so difficult to come by here I have to live my life vicariously through others – thanks for sharing !

  52. ....RaeDi says:

    Look delicious, maybe I should save my three figs for this recipe?….RaeDi

  53. Am'broisie says:

    Your blog is SOOOOO cool!! So rich in good ideas! I can totally see myself serving these Cognac figs to friends after a late dinner. Thank you for leaving a commentary on my blog, I’m happy because it led me to yours! Great!

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