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I admit that before trying this recipe, I had never cooked with fresh figs. Although there are many different types of fruits and vegetables that grow in the part of Mexico where I grew up, figs were not one of them! That said, after trying them in this Spiced Roasted Figs with Hazelnuts and Vanilla Ice Cream recipe, which features delicious Breyers Natural Vanilla Ice Cream, I am definitely going to look for new ways to use them.
When my husband and I first got married, I was surprised to find out that he pretty much wanted to have ice cream as a dessert every night. Of course I love ice cream, but I wasn’t used to having it all the time. Over the past few years, I have gotten him to cut down a little bit, but we still love to indulge every once in a while, especially on special occasions.
Last night wasn’t necessary a special occasion, but it was the first night that we have had in a while to just relax and watch a movie together, so we decided we would try some ice cream. Instead of just having ice cream, we decided to make Spice Roasted Figs with Hazelnuts and Vanilla Ice Cream, which is a recipe created by Chef Curtis Stone and his wife, Lindsay Price Stone. While we had to go to a few stores to find fresh figs, I will tell you that it was worth it because they were delicious!
Spiced Roasted Figs with Hazelnuts and Vanilla Ice Cream
- 2 tbs. sugar
- 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
- Position broiler rack 6 inches from heat source and preheat broiler. Line a large baking sheet with aluminum foil.
- 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 a 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.
- Divide figs among 4 bowls. Spoon 1/3 cup of Breyers® Natural Vanilla Ice Cream into each bowl and sprinkle with hazelnuts.
As you can see, this recipe is very straightforward, but the flavor is amazing! This recipe is one of 12 recipes that Chef Curtis Stone and his wife, actress Lindsay Price Stone, have created this year in order to help Breyers celebrate its 150th birthday. Each recipe features Breyers® Natural Vanilla Ice Cream and is inspired by every month of the year.
I have to say that Breyers® Natural Vanilla Ice Cream really made all the difference in this recipe! It tastes so delicious and I feel better eating it because (1) all Breyers vanilla is real and from sustainably farmed, Rainforest Alliance Certified™ vanilla beans, and (2) Breyers only sources milk and cream from cows not treated with artificial growth hormones.*
It was definitely an interesting and fun experience trying out figs in a recipe! Once we found them, we were pleasantly surprised with the slight sweet flavor and great soft texture. Combining them with a sugar and spice combination definitely added something special to the recipe.
Once the figs were perfectly roasted and the hazelnuts chopped, they were a perfect topping for the delicious Breyers® Natural Vanilla Ice Cream. The great thing is that this recipe only took us about 10-15 minutes from start to finish, so that left us with more time to enjoy our movie and each other’s company.
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*Disclaimer: 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.