I am falling for figs and can't resist trying just about every recipe! After enjoying the figs in a blanket, it was time for something sweet rather than savory. Something like caramelized figs with ricotta mousse.

The simple, light, orange-infused ricotta mousse can be made ahead of time, and caramelizing the figs only takes about 15 minutes. When adding the balsamic vinegar to the syrup — be careful! — I suggest having the pan's lid handy to avoid any splatter.

Once the mousse is topped with warm balsamic caramel and sweet figs, it's the perfect dessert to finish a Fall dinner. If you are short on time and can't make the smooth creamy ricotta mousse, the caramelized figs would be equally tasty served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. To get started caramelizing your own figs, keep reading.

Balsamic Caramel Figs With Ricotta Mousse

Balsamic Caramel Figs With Ricotta Mousse


  1. 15 ounces fresh ricotta
  2. 8 ounces mascarpone
  3. Finely grated zest of 1 orange
  4. 4 egg whites
  5. 1 1/2 cup sugar, divided
  6. 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  7. 9 ripe figs, halved


  1. Push ricotta through a fine sieve over a bowl, add mascarpone, orange zest and stir gently to combine.
  2. Using an electric mixer, whisk egg whites and a pinch of salt until soft peaks form, then gradually add 3/4 cup of sugar and whisk until stiff peaks form and mixture is thick and glossy. Using a large metal spoon, stir one-third of egg whites into ricotta mixture, then gently fold in remaining egg whites until just combined. Spoon ricotta mousse among six small glasses. Refrigerate while preparing figs.
  3. Place remaining sugar and ¼ cup water in a small saucepan and stir over medium heat until sugar dissolves. Boil, without stirring, until mixture turns a deep golden. Remove from heat and immediately stir in balsamic vinegar and 1 tablespoon water, taking care as mixture will spit violently.
  4. Return pan to heat and stir until mixture is smooth. Add figs, one at a time, to caramel mixture and turn to coat, then divide among glasses. Spoon remaining caramel over figs and serve immediately.

Serves 6-8.

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