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Compote of Figs in Port

Dessert figs that have become too dry to eat as they are can be excellent made into a compote. This is superb served with ice cream, but failing that, try it with some Greek yoghurt.

 Compote of Figs in Port

  Serves 4

 8 oz (225 g) whole dried figs (no soak, or else soaked overnight and drained)
 3 fl oz (75 ml) port
 1 orange
 2 oz (50 g) demerara sugar
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Use a potato peeler to pare off the coloured part only of the orange zest then, using a sharp knife, cut this into little shreds. After that squeeze out the orange juice, then place the figs, orange juice and zest in a bowl. Add 10 fl oz (275 ml) water, stir everything around, and leave it on one side for 2 hours.
Next pour the contents of the bowl into a saucepan, add the sugar and simmer very gently for 1 hour (without a lid): it should only just simmer, so have a look from time to time to make sure the liquid does not all evaporate. At the end of the cooking time pour the whole lot into a serving bowl and, while it is still hot, stir in the port. Allow the figs to cool completely in this liquid, and chill before arranging them in a glass serving dish.
_This recipe is taken from Delia Smith’s Christmas._


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