At the end of summer, there are plenty of figs around and I'm certainly a dedicated fan. I've bought many figs from supermarkets and green grocers, but it seems that home grown are the freshest, have more flavour and are the most vibrant in colour. Looks like I might have to plant a few trees in the backyard this year to satisfy my fig cravings next season.
This week I had a handful of homegrown figs, a bowl of fast ripening pears and an assortment of recently sourced Hunter Valley red wines, so it had to be red wine poached fruit for dessert. If you have time, poached fruits are best prepared the day before you plan to serve, allowing plenty of time for the fruit to soak up the red wine liquid. Served with a scoop of ice-cream or a spiced mascarpone dollop, this is my idea of delicious autumn dessert.