250 grams moist dried figs
¾ cup caster sugar
½ cup water
1 tablespoon instant espresso coffee granules or a 30ml espresso shot
zest of ½ an orange
1 tablespoon Triple Sec or other orange or coffee liqueur
Figs: Hold the figs by the stem and gently mould them back into their original shape.
Syrup: Put the sugar, water, coffee and orange zest in a small saucepan and bring to the boil, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Simmer for two minutes then add the figs and simmer for five minutes, stirring to coat in the syrup. Stir in the Triple Sec or liqueur of your choice and tip into a bowl. Cool then cover and chill.
To serve: Peel the oranges with a sharp knife to remove the skin and white pith. Slice thinly and arrange on serving plates. Top with 2-3 figs and a spoonful of mascarpone then drizzle with the coffee syrup.