Caramelized Figs With Vanilla Ice Cream

By Victoria de la Maza
Victoria de la Maza
Victoria de la Maza
Victoria de la Maza is an award-winning cookbook author, columnist, and international TV host. Passionate about great food, she combines American traditions with her European heritage to create classic-with-a-twist recipes and ideas for stylish entertaining at home. Victoria de la Maza is an award-winning cookbook author, columnist, and international TV host. Passionate about great food, she combines American traditions with her European heritage to create classic-with-a-twist recipes and ideas for stylish entertaining at home. Subscribe to her weekly newsletter, "Diary of a Serial Hostess,” at VictoriaDeLaMaza.substack.com
September 9, 2021 Updated: September 9, 2021

Caramelized figs may sound complicated, but actually, this is a super easy yet impressive dessert, one of those last-minute dishes that will turn an impromptu meal into a feast. Figs are naturally sweet, and not much is needed to bring out their flavors. Caramelizing them simply elevates the sweetness, making them a sublime dessert.

Serves 6

  • 1 pound mission and kadota figs, stems removed and halved
  • 4 tablespoons brown or white sugar
  • 3 tablespoons salted butter
  • Vanilla ice cream (or yogurt), to serve

Spread the sugar on a plate. Dip the cut side of each fig half in the sugar, pressing lightly to coat well.

In a non-stick pan, melt the butter over medium-low heat. Place the figs sugar side down and cook until the sugar is melted and caramelized, but not burnt, about 6 to 8 minutes. Remove the figs with a slotted spoon or tongs.

Reduce the leftover sauce (a combination of sugar, fig juices, and butter) until thickened just slightly, if needed, and pour over the figs just before serving over ice cream.

Victoria de la Maza is an award-winning cookbook author, columnist, and international TV host. Passionate about great food, she combines American traditions with her European heritage to create classic-with-a-twist recipes and ideas for stylish entertaining at home. Victoria de la Maza is an award-winning cookbook author, columnist, and international TV host. Passionate about great food, she combines American traditions with her European heritage to create classic-with-a-twist recipes and ideas for stylish entertaining at home. Subscribe to her weekly newsletter, "Diary of a Serial Hostess,” at VictoriaDeLaMaza.substack.com