• Fresh fig Italian kisses are an earthy spin on an after-dinner favourite. They’re incredibly easy to make and are a delicious combination of fruity, creamy and sweet. They are best prepared one fig at a time, so as to avoid the ice cream melting while preparing.

    Recipe by Jacques Erasmus

    Fresh fig Italian kisses

    Serves: 6
    Cooking Time: 1 hr 20 mins


    • 18 fresh figs
    • 250ml (1 cup) hazelnut ice cream (or your favourite flavour)
    • 18 walnuts, lightly toasted
    • 400g white chocolate, melted



    Cut the figs halfway down into quarters and open up to make a flower shape. Spoon out a little of the flesh in the centre and place the figs in the freezer to chill, 1 hour.


    Place a heaped teaspoon of well-frozen ice cream in each fig and press a walnut into the ice cream. Close the fig and dip into the melted chocolate. Return to the freezer immediately and freeze until needed. Remove from freezer and allow to rest for 4 – 5 minutes before serving.