This is a lovely appetizer made even better when served along with prosciutto, gorgonzola and walnuts.
1 cup port
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup water
2 star anise
1 cinnamon stick
6 whole black peppercorns
1 cup dried figs, stems removed
1. Place the port, sugar and water into a medium size pot over a medium heat. Stir the mixture until the sugar dissolves. Add the star anise, cinnamon and peppercorns, increase the heat and bring to a boil. Add the figs and simmer for 20 – 25 minutes, or until figs have softened. Turn the figs several times throughout the process. Remove from the heat and allow to steep for an hour minimum. Remove the figs from the mixture and serve.