Recipe: Wheat Berry Fools with Grand Marnier Figs

updated Feb 3, 2020
Wheat Berry Fools with Grand Marnier Figs
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Wheat Berry Fools with Grand Marnier Figs

Serves 6 to 8

Nutritional Info

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup

    finely chopped dried figs, preferably Turkish or Greek

  • 3 tablespoons

    Grand Marnier or other good-quality orange flavored liqueur

  • 1 cup

    plain whole-milk Greek yogurt

  • 4 tablespoons

    honey

  • 1 tablespoon

    plus 1 teaspoon freshly grated orange zest (about 2 oranges)

  • 1/4 teaspoon

    ground cinnamon

  • 1 cup

    cooked soft whole wheat berries

  • 1 cup

    heavy whipping cream, chilled

Instructions

  1. Combine the figs and the liqueur in a small bowl and set aside to plump for 15 minutes, stirring once or twice, while you prep the ingredients.

  2. Meanwhile, beat the yogurt with 2 tablespoons of the honey, 1 tablespoon of the orange zest, and the cinnamon in a large bowl until smooth. Stir in the wheat berries. Using a hand mixer at medium speed, whip the cream in a medium bowl until foamy. Add the remaining 2 tablespoons honey and continue whipping until soft peaks form.

  3. Drain the figs, reserving their juices. Combine 2 tablespoons of the figs with the remaining 1 teaspoon zest in a small bowl and set aside for garnish. Stir the remaining figs into the bowl with the yogurt mixture. Scrape one-third of the whipped cream on top and fold in using a spatula. Fold in the remaining whipped cream in 2 additions until just incorporated. Divide among serving bowls, cover with plastic wrap, and chill for 2 hours. To serve, top each bowl with a bit of the reserved figs and their juices.

Recipe Notes

To get a head start: The dessert can be prepared up to 4 hours ahead. Add a dash more liqueur to the figs reserved for the garnish, if necessary.

To lighten it up: You can use lowfat plain Greek yogurt, if you like.

Reprinted with permission from Ancient Grains for Modern Meals by Maria Speck, copyright © 2011. Published by Ten Speed Press, a division of Random House, Inc.

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