Recipe courtesy of Michele Urvater

Oranges and Figs in Spiced Red Wine

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 1 hr 15 min
  • Prep: 35 min
  • Cook: 40 min
  • Yield: 6 servings
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2 cups red wine

1 cup sugar

Tied in cheesecloth: 1 inch piece of cinnamon stick; 4 star anise, 4 cardamom pods and 2 whole cloves

6 large navel oranges, peeled, pith removed and cut in half lengthwise

12 dried figs, halved

1/3 cup walnuts or pistachios, chopped


  1. Combine the wine, sugar and bouquet garni in a saucepan large enough to contain the oranges and figs in a single layer. Bring to a simmer, covered, over moderate heat. Add the figs and simmer for 5 minutes. Add the oranges and turn them for 3 to 4 minutes, turning them so they cook evenly. Turn the heat off and let the oranges and figs cool in the syrup.
  2. Remove them to a serving bowl. Reduce the syrup by half and let cool. Discard bouquet garni and spoon syrup over figs and oranges. Garnish with walnuts or pistachios if you wish.