It’s amazing how food evokes such special memories. When I first came up with the recipe for these stuffed figs, I wanted to recreate all those early memories of eating figs in the summer. I think I was successful, because these stuffed figs with mascarpone and maple walnuts taste just as sweet as my childhood!
Figs take me back to the top of my Granny’s fig tree, where you could usually find me flipping off the branches and the bars holding up her clothes line. Every year she would cut the tree right to the ground, and by spring I would be shocked to find it growing into another tree. By the end of the summer, it was larger than the year before!
Figs: An Ancient, Healthy Fruit
There seems to be a magical quality to this adaptable fruit. Figs and fig trees have been mentioned in literature and scripture for millennia. In Israel, the symbolism of figs dates back to biblical times. In Solomon’s time fig trees represented prosperity.
In case you need another reason to try these delectable stuffed figs, I’ll add that figs are very healthy. They contain lots of fiber, potassium, calcium, and magnesium. The boost of potassium can help correct a potassium-sodium imbalance, one of the causes of high blood pressure. Figs also help improve your digestion and may even improve bone density, thanks to the calcium and potassium.
Stuffed Figs with a Velvety Texture and Nutty Crunch
Figs have an amazing flavor that makes them perfect for both savory and sweet dishes. When stuffed with mascarpone, the velvety texture of the figs stands out. Add the crunch of the maple walnuts, and this dish starts to sing! If you need help making these maple walnuts, there’s a recipe for them on my Cantaloupe Ice Cream post.
By the way, this stuffed fig recipe is one of many in my Harvest Cookbook! Make sure to get yourself a copy, because they’re selling out quick!
Figs Stuffed with Mascarpone and Maple Walnuts
- 16 figs
- 4 ounces cream cheese
- 4 ounces mascarpone cheese
- 1 tablespoon honey, plus more for drizzling
- 1/4 cup maple walnuts
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees
- Cross the top half of the figs with a paring knife, dividing the stem base into fourths.
- Mix cream cheese, mascarpone, parsley, honey, and 1 ounce of walnuts in a medium bowl until smooth. Stuff about a teaspoon of the mixture into each fig. Place figs on a cookie sheet and bake for about 10 minutes.
- Prepare maple walnuts. Drizzle with honey and serve warm.