Valley Fig Growers

Sake-Simmered California Figs and Cherry Sauce

Serve this sauce with Pound Cake or over vanilla ice cream. Sauce can be refrigerated for up to 3 days, reheat in microwave about 2 minutes.

Makes about 2 cups (8 servings)


1 pound frozen sweet cherries (about 3 cups)

1 1/2 cups Blue Ribbon Orchard Choice or Sun-Maid California Figs, stemmed and chopped into 1/2-inch pieces

2 cups sake

1/2 cup (3 1/2 ounces) granulated sugar

1/4 cup light corn syrup

 tablespoons lemon juice

2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger

2 star anise pods

pinch of salt

 teaspoons cornstarch


  1. Bring cherries, figs, 1 1/2 cups sake, sugar, corn syrup, lemon juice, ginger, star anise, and salt to boil in medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Simmer until cherries just begin to break down, about 10 minutes.
  2. Combine cornstarch and remaining 1/2 cup of sake in small bowl, then gently whisk into cherry mixture. Continue to simmer until the sauce thickens slightly and coats back of spoon, about 1 minute. Remove from heat and let cool slightly, 15 to 30 minutes. 

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Nutrition Information

amount per serving

  • Calories 303
  • % Calories from Fat 0%
  • Fat 0
  • Cholesterol 0
  • Protein 2
  • Carbohydrates 59
  • Fiber 6
  • Iron 1
  • Sodium26
  • Calcium 60
  • Potassium 357