Sultry Roasted Cherries and Figs

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It’s the holiday season, so I’m always looking for healthy snacks that can double as dessert. When It comes to eating something sweet, I usually go to berries. The great thing about berries, is that they are relatively low in sugar, and not a big threat on the glycemic index….plus they’re yummy, and full of vitamins and antioxidants. I had read a tweet earlier in the day about roasting fruit, so it inspired me to create a sort of naked, no added sugar pie. I decided to use cherries, since they’re rich, and can also be a bit savory.

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/3 packages frozen cherries (I get the organic or 365 brand from Whole Foods)
  • 5-6 dried Turkish figs reconstituted with mulling spices and halved
  • Rosemary
  • Salt
  • Cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup Pecan pieces
  • Dash of balsamic

I couldn’t find fresh figs, so I reconstituted some dried Turkish figs. I decided to spice them as well. I simmered them in water with mulling spices for 10 minutes or so until they plumped up.

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Then I cut them in half, and tossed them with the cherries in a glass pan. I seasoned the mixture with rosemary, salt, and cinnamon as well as pecan pieces, and then stirred to combine.

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I covered the pan, and put them in the oven at 375 degrees for about 40 minutes, or until everything was soft, and the pan had a nice amount of juice that had come from the fruit. Oh my gosh, it was delicious. If food could be sexy, this was certainly sexy. It was sultry, dark, and rich…almost like wine, and the figs had amazing flavor from being in the mulling spices.

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