Mascarpone Stuffed Fresh Figs

Mascarpone Stuffed Fresh Figs

October is in full effect here with falling leaves, overcast skies, and chilly weather countered by many cups of hot tea brewed with my electric teakettle. This atmosphere makes me long to bake bread, but alas, I have no kitchen. Temporarily. But seriously – take a look. I’m going through baking withdrawals already. However, there are a few sweet bites to be made and enjoyed without the virtue of an oven, like these Mascarpone Stuffed figs I’ve made for Fair Trade Month.

Yes! It’s Fair Trade Month, which means I’ve got a box full of Fair Trade goodies to give away to one lucky reader! If you’ve been reading this blog for very long, then you know each year I love to promote this worthwhile cause (see previous entries here, here, here and here). In a nutshell, buying Fair Trade means Buying Fair Trade means you’re getting quality products and the people who grow, sew and craft them get a fair deal for their hard work. In fact, your everyday purchases can help farmers and factory workers in 70 countries work in safe conditions, earn extra money to invest in their communities and improve the lives of their families.

Mascarpone Stuffed Fresh Figs

Coffee, drinking chocolate, chocolate chips, 

chocolate spread… this year’s box may be the best yet! 

To enter,  just leave a comment at the bottom of this blog post with what you’d love to make with these Fair Trade goodies.

Mascarpone Stuffed Fresh Figs
Mascarpone Stuffed Fresh Figs

Each year Fair Trade USA pairs a blogger with a Fair Trade farmer to tell their story. Read below to discover how buying Fair Trade products positively impacts the people who grow our food.

Kyomugisha Joy and her family have been growing tea since 2007. She says that the biggest impact of selling Fair Trade Certified tea is that it has enabled her to send two of her children to school (her other two will attend when they are old enough). In addition, she hopes to use future income to establish tea nurseries that will help expand tea growing opportunities for her community. She is working with a group of women to establish tea nurseries and training programs to teach women the trade so that women in the community can contribute more to the success of the family.

Mascarpone Stuffed Fresh Figs

Let’s talk about these stuffed fresh figs. First of all, this is a no-cook, no bake recipe that can be assembled in just minutes. I like to serve these as an appetizer because they’re just sweet enough to whet your appetite. These are perfect if you are an enthusiastic eater, but not necessarily an enthusiastic cook. Or if you have no kitchen, like me. (Temporarily!)

Mascarpone Stuffed Fresh Figs

Heather Baird
I make these most often as appetizers, but they’re a fresh sweet bite after dinner, too. If you’d like to tip these to the savory side, they are also delicious wrapped in prosciutto (a dry-cured thinly sliced ham).
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Prep Time 25 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Appetizer, Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 16 figs

Ingredients
 
 

  • 12 fresh figs
  • 6 ounces mascarpone cheese
  • 3 tablespoons Wholesome! Fair Trade honey plus extra for drizzling
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts toasted
  • 1/4 teaspoon Frontier Spices ground nutmeg

Instructions
 

  • Cut off the stems of each fig (about 1/2 inch off the top of each). If needed, cut a thin slice off the bottom so they stand up straight. Cut an X into the tops about 3/4 inches deep. Place the figs on a large serving platter. Gently open each fig from the top without breaking it open all the way.
  • Combine mascarpone, 3 tablespoons honey and vanilla in a small bowl. Transfer the mixture to a piping bag fitted with an open star tip; pipe the mascarpone into each fig. You may also spoon the mixture into the figs if you don’t have a piping bag. Sprinkle the toasted walnuts over the figs. Drizzle the figs generously with more honey and sprinkle with pinches of nutmeg.
Keyword fresh figs, mascarpone cheese, mascarpone cheese, chopped walnuts
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Unknown
Unknown
5 years ago

I would make Fig and Hazelnut Bread Pudding…..Janet S

ksferrag
ksferrag
5 years ago

If I win, I will make lots of delicious chocolate chip cookies to share with my coworkers who are always asking me for baked goods, with cookies being my specialty. Thank you!! 🙂

Unknown
Unknown
5 years ago

Those stuffed figs. They look yummy.

kristen
kristen
5 years ago

I love this giveaway! I would make cookies with those delicious chocolate chips. My family and I would love this box!

Kristen
klpeirce at yahoo

Alison
Alison
5 years ago

I NEED to make those figs, of course.

Unknown
Unknown
5 years ago

I would love those stuffed figs or something with figs and hazelnuts.

Anonymous
Anonymous
5 years ago

After seeing all of those goodies, the first thing that popped into my mind was muffins with granola sprinkled on top. Then a warm cup of tea would be nice to go with them!
kksdelights@yahoo.com

Colleen
Colleen
5 years ago

At the moment I don't know what I would make
Thank you for this wonderful giveaway opportunity

Sarah
Sarah
5 years ago

I would love to make a breakfast quinoa using the honey, quinoa, and the chia/flax seeds. What a great giveaway!

Unknown
Unknown
5 years ago

Definitely a chocolate cake!

Unknown
Unknown
5 years ago

I would make a chocolate quinoa granola for breakfast

Anonymous
Anonymous
5 years ago

Chocolate spread on warm homemade bread. Yum!
Lisaandandreat yahoo dot com

Unknown
Unknown
5 years ago

I would make coffee flavored chocolate chip brownies !!!!

Dessert for Two
Dessert for Two
5 years ago

I'd make chocolate cake with coffee buttercream! 🙂

kathiquilts
kathiquilts
5 years ago

chocolate chip banana bread!

Dyveke BP
Dyveke BP
5 years ago

If I win? Ooo, that would be so wonderful! In my student budget meals, these goodies would fit perfectly and I would make salmon with the quinoa, I would add the chia/flax seed with the honey to my skyr (similar to yoghurt) for breakfast. I would indulge in the hot chocolate with a bit of nutmeg in when craving something sweet next to the readings, bring the two larabars for a afternoon snack. Oh and the truffles? Words can't even say how much I love them …And last, but not least, since honesty is key … I would definitely try… Read more »

cupcakes
cupcakes
5 years ago

fresh figs in this way is a great fresh dessert for beggining the fall season

Paula
Paula
5 years ago

I'm going through a kitchen remodel so I know the feeling ! I've been baking in a toaster oven for months. Started back in April, was supposed to take three months…LIES! 🙂 Was hoping my fig tree would produce this year…maybe next. Here's to both of us getting our kitchens back…

Lisa S
Lisa S
5 years ago

Chocolate spread on warm, homemade bread. Yum!
Lisaandandre at yahoo.com

Bianca
Bianca
5 years ago

oh my gosh!!! such a fantastic giveaway 🙂 i can't even begin to imagine all the amazing things i could bake with those goodies!! would definitely use the honey and chocolate chips to bake some healthy banana bread!

Unknown
Unknown
5 years ago

What's not to love about fair trade!? I'd probably make some healthy granola bars for my family. They are a great snack when we are rushing around during the week.
Thanks for this giveaway!

Megan
Brawnerband@gmail.com

Unknown
Unknown
5 years ago

What's not to love about fair trade!? I'd probably make some healthy granola bars for my family. They are a great snack when we are rushing around during the week.
Thanks for this giveaway

Megan
Brawnerband at gmail

Rusthawk
Rusthawk
5 years ago

I'd make cookies or snack bars.

riandei
riandei
5 years ago

ide like to eat those bark thins right out the bag … but I'm thinking they would be yummy in cookies too

Anonymous
Anonymous
5 years ago

I have some decadent chocolate recipes for the holidays. I'd put this box to good use!

JDGeorgia
JDGeorgia
5 years ago

Chia Chocolate Chip Cookies!!!

Unknown
Unknown
5 years ago

I would make some peanut butter chocolate chip cookies with the chocolate chips, brew a cup of that turmeric tea, and take a spoon (or maybe a shovel) to that jar of chocolatey goodness. 🙂

Unknown
Unknown
5 years ago

With these some coconut and honey tartlets are going to happen (with some molten chocolate on top of course <3 )

linda
linda
5 years ago

i think i would prepare the bark thins for use in pie crust for a chocolate/coconut pie…using all the wonderful chocolate/coconut pictured!
BTW: what a "spotless" kitchen renovation site…you should be very pleased with the crew!

Nellie
Nellie
5 years ago

Love those figs, Heather! This is such a good giveaway. I see Chocolate Pudding Cake with that Fair Trade cocoa!

Vero
Vero
5 years ago

I would make cookies! Something yummy with chocolate and nutmeg 🙂

RHS
RHS
5 years ago

We'll eat the Lara Bars in our hikes per usual. The other goodies… we'll have to decide which one of your tasty recipes to use!

Mary L.
Mary L.
5 years ago

I would make either orange turmeric cake, chocolate chip cookies with a hint of nutmeg and cinnamon, or homemade quinoa-banana granola bars!! 🙂

June Burns
June Burns
5 years ago

I always love using chia seeds in baking!

Geri
Geri
5 years ago

Mediterranean Quinoa Salad

Reds Creations
Reds Creations
5 years ago

I have never used figs, this sounds delish, tho, so maybe I'll get my 17yo to help me make these! He decided to take a cooking class this his Senior year and has been helping me a lot more in the kitchen.

Chrystal in Canada
Chrystal in Canada
5 years ago

Wow – I love the background on the tea grower — it's so easy to forget that each product I purchase has a PERSON and a PLACE behind it. Thank you for the reminder of the value of each and every member of HUMANITY!
I'd make: Raw balls with chocoloate bits and a cup of turmeric tea 🙂

Unknown
Unknown
5 years ago

I'd make chocolate chip blondies! And drink chocolate while they bake….;) Thank you!

Stephanie
Stephanie
5 years ago

So many lovely things! I am sure I would bake something yummy with the chocolate chips and chocolate spread…chocolate hazelnut rolls??

eidolons
eidolons
5 years ago

Mmmmm. I'd make some kind of scones or cookies to snack on with that lovely coffee. (:

KarenPowellCanada
KarenPowellCanada
5 years ago

i'd make a nice hot bowl of quinoa cereal with chocolate chips, some flax/chia mix , nutmeg for earthiness, a nice cup of turmeric tea and some bark thins crumbled on top for a crunch.

Jaime
Jaime
5 years ago

Cookies, cookies, and more cookies! 🙂

Unknown
Unknown
5 years ago

Completely amazing!

And I'd love to make a flourless chocolate cake with those goodies!

annawallaceceramics@gmail.com

Denise Wilson
Denise Wilson
5 years ago

I'd eat all of the chocolate and make a quinoa casserole

SkinplicityNW
SkinplicityNW
5 years ago

Love entering this giveaway! I would make the most luscious cookie bars with these fair trade goodies! I love the idea of fair trade tea nurseries! 🙂 Diana

CK
CK
5 years ago

I would make a decadent chocolate cake – with some coffee, chocolate spread, and chocolate chips sprinkled on top! Yum 🙂

Unknown
Unknown
5 years ago

This sounds like a fantastic and delicious giveaway! I'd love to make some a maple-cinnamon quinoa bake. I would like to make some a mousse and some chocolate coconut cookies too. For the tea, I'd like to use it in a turmeric tea smoothie with some honey chocolate sugar cookies to go with it 🙂

Lisette F.
Lisette F.
5 years ago

I would have an amazing fall morning breakfast with my coworkers!

Bryn
Bryn
5 years ago

Breakfast quinoa with honey and chocolate chips

The Bearfoot Baker
The Bearfoot Baker
5 years ago

Kyomugisha Joy is adorable!

If I were to win I honestly don't know what I would make but I would have a blast working on it! 😉