Cook the figs in this compote down until they can be spread with a knife or spoon. The compote is equally delicious as a condiment on a cheese plate, as an accompaniment for roast pork or as a spread on toast. If you're giving this as a gift, include a card with serving suggestions.

Source: EatingWell Magazine, November/December 2010


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2 hrs 20 mins


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  • Heat oil in a Dutch oven over medium heat. Add onion and salt and cook, stirring occasionally, until starting to brown, about 5 minutes. Add figs, water, honey (or brown sugar) and aniseed (or star anise). Bring to a simmer and cook, adjusting the heat as necessary to maintain a simmer, until the figs are starting to fall apart, 2 to 2 1/4 hours.

  • Let cool. Remove star anise, if using, and spoon the compote into airtight containers; refrigerate.


Make Ahead Tip: Refrigerate in airtight containers for up to 3 weeks.

Nutrition Facts

2 tablespoons
56 calories; protein 0.6g; carbohydrates 13.8g; dietary fiber 1.7g; sugars 10.9g; fat 0.5g; saturated fat 0.1g; vitamin a iu 2.3IU; vitamin c 0.5mg; folate 2.2mcg; calcium 29.8mg; iron 0.4mg; magnesium 12.2mg; potassium 121.7mg; sodium 14.9mg; added sugar 3g.

1 fruit