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Have you ever tasted fresh figs? My husband’s Grandma Jelly has a big, beautiful fig tree in her backyard. Nate remembers going out there as a kid and filling up on fresh figs, straight off the tree. Most people have probably never had a fresh fig. Figs can be delicate, so fresh ones can be hard to find in the grocery store. But…they are so worth it when you can!
On our road trip this summer, we spent the afternoon at Grandma Jelly’s house, and she sent us home with two big bags of fresh figs. I have so many plans for these delicious things, but first I was excited to try Chef Curtis Stone’s Spice Roasted Figs with Hazelnuts and Vanilla Ice Cream. It’s a very simple dessert that will totally wow your family and friends. I could not wait to share it with my husband. Fresh figs are some of his favorite treats.
Breyers is celebrating its 150th birthday with celebrity Chef Curtis Stone and his wife, actress Lindsey Price Stone. They’ve created 12 recipes, one for each month of the year, featuring Breyer’s Natural Vanilla ice cream. It’s a special way for families to celebrate birthdays and special occasions all year long! Breyers was founded in Philadelphia in 1866 when William A. Breyer hand-cranked his first gallon of ice cream, which featured fresh fruits and nuts, and sold it to his neighbors.
Breyers is committed to high quality ingredients which has been on the package for more than 100 years. Breyers Natural Vanilla is also America’s #1 vanilla ice cream, and it’s made from fresh cream, milk, and sugar. Breyers only sources milk and cream from cows not treated with artificial growth hormones.* All Breyers vanilla is real and from sustainably farmed, Rainforest Alliance Certified™ vanilla beans.
You can make the figs ahead of time and serve them warm with the ice cream. This recipe will serve 4 and takes about 10 minutes.
These spiced figs are so easy to make. You simply mix up the sugar spice mixture and dip fig halves into it. Then, broil them for just 4 minutes until the sugar starts to caramelize.
I blanched and toasted my own hazelnuts. When you head out to buy the ingredients, sometimes hazelnuts are called filberts in the grocery stores. It’s fairly easy to blanch them, and you can find several tutorials to do it yourself. After they were blanched and the skins were removed, I toasted them for 20 minutes and then coarsely chopped them.
This recipe is incredibly delicious! It’s so simple, but it has these amazing complex flavors from the hazelnuts to the spices. It all just combines with the ice cream into one sophisticated dessert. My husband loved it!
Spiced Roasted Figs with Hazelnuts and Vanilla Ice Cream
- 1/2 tsp. each ground cinnamon, ground ginger
- 1/8 tsp. ground cloves
- 8 ripe figs, halved lengthwise
- 1 1/3 cups Breyers® Natural Vanilla Ice Cream
- 1/4 cup blanched hazelnuts, toasted, coarsely chopped
1. Position broiler rack 6 inches from heat source and preheat broiler. Line a large baking sheet with aluminum foil.
2. In a small bowl, mix sugar and spices. One at a time, dip figs, cut side down, in sugar mixture to coat. Then coat figs a second time with sugar mixture and arrange cut side up on baking sheet. Broil figs, watching closely, for about 4 minutes, or until sugar melts and begins to caramelize and figs soften slightly and begin to ooze their juice.
3. Divide figs among 4 bowls. Spoon 1/3 cup of Breyers® Natural Vanilla Ice Cream into each bowl and sprinkle with hazelnuts.
What’s your favorite ice cream recipe?
*Suppliers of other ingredients such as cookies, candies & sauces may not be able to make this pledge. The FDA states that no significant difference has been shown between dairy derived from rBST-treated and non-rBST treated cows.