This recipe from Canadian Living is a great way to make a cheese tray even more delectable. Figs are simmered with wine and spices until tender and syrupy. This conserve keeps well for several weeks and is especially good with blue cheese and cheddar.

Serve the fig and wine conserve as part of a cheese and fruit tray

To avoid additives and preservatives in this recipe, use figs and wine with no sulfites or colour added.


1 lb (454 g) dried light-colour figs

1-1/2 cups (375 mL) white wine

1 cup (250 mL) granulated sugar

2 cinnamon sticks, broken

4 cardamom pods, crushed

2 whole cloves


Trim tough tips off figs; quarter. In saucepan, bring wine and sugar to boil. Tie cinnamon, cardamom and cloves in cheesecloth; add to syrup along with figs. Reduce heat and simmer until figs are tender and liquid is thick and syrupy, about 25 minutes. Let cool to room temperature. Keeps well in the fridge for several weeks. Makes about three cups.

From Canadian Living