Sweet figs Ecuador Dessert Recipe

Sweet figs Ecuador Dessert Recipe
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Recipe for the traditional Ecuadorian dessert of sweet figs or figs soaked in honey. They are caramelised figs in spiced panela honey (piloncillo), served with cheese slices.


  • 20 ripe but firm figs , washed
  • A pinch of baking soda
  • 1 ¾ lb of pan the piloncillo
  • Cinnamon, cloves and other spices – optional
  • Water
  • Quesillo or fresh cheese


  • Make an incision or cross-shaped cut at the top – the narrow part – of each fig.
  • Put the figs in a bowl and cover them with water, let them soak for a whole day.
  • Sift the figs and put them in a pot, cover them with water, about 8 cups of water.
  • Add the pinch of bicarbonate and bring the water with the figs to a boil, cook for 15 to 20 minutes or until soft.
  • Leave the figs in the water in which they were cooked for another whole day.
  • The next day sift the water and drain each fig – delicately – until the greatest amount of water is removed.
  • Put the panela or piloncillo and the spices in a good size pot, add 6 cups of water and cook it over low heat until the panela is completely dissolved and begins to turn into honey.
  • Add the figs and continue simmering until the honey is thick, about 2 to 3 hours.
  • Serve the figs – hot or cold – accompanied with slices or slices of quesillo or cheese.


Keywords: Brevas, Sweet figs, Figs, Candied figs, Figs in honey, Past figs, Panela honey