A few months ago I discovered a new dessert in Cuenca: Higos con queso.
Despite having lived here for four years, I tried this sweet dessert for the first time just a few months ago. Since then, I’ve had it many times.
The recipe is pretty simple.
Higos con Queso
- Preserved figs (higos) in a sugar sauce
- Locally made cheese (often unsalted)
The figs are rich and sweet. The cheese makes a strong contrast. The figs don’t go to mush like some preserved fruit and the seeds bring back memories of fig newtons…
Where to Find Figs With Cheese
Because it is a traditional dessert, you can find it at many restaurants in Ecuador – especially the ones that cater to visitors. We’ve had it at Ingapirca, Paute and Hacienda Uzhupud.
These photos were taken at Hacienda Uzhupud near Paute.
Have you had higos con queso? What did you think?