This recipe makes an elegant little dessert!
To start, heat 2 teaspoons olive oil in a saucepan over medium heat; add 1/4 cup finely chopped onion and cook for 5 minutes, stirring frequently.
Add 1 cup dry polenta, and cook for 1 minute, stirring constantly with a whisk. Add 4 cups water and 1 teaspoon salt; continue to stir with a whisk for about 2 minutes, then reduce the heat to low, cover, and cook for 25 minutes. The liquid should all be absorbed by the end, and I actually briefly increased the heat back to medium when it looked like the polenta wasn't absorbing water quite fast enough.
Transfer the polenta to an 11x7-inch baking dish coated with cooking spray, then refrigerate - uncovered - for 30 minutes to cool.
Using a 2-inch cookie cutter, cut 8 rounds from the polenta, and place on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray. The original recipe said to discard the leftovers, but I found that to be an extravagant waste - nearly 2/3 of the polenta remained! Since polenta can easily be savory as well as sweet, I recommend saving the leftovers for dinner tomorrow night, perhaps in a commercial pasta sauce for a quick meal.
Meanwhile, bake the 8 polenta rounds at 400 degrees for 40 minutes, turning over half-way through - they will be beautifully crisp by the end. Cool completely on a wire rack.
When it comes time to assemble dessert, place 2 polenta rounds on each of 4 plates. Slice 6 fresh figs each in half. Arrange 3 fig halves and 5 raspberries over each dessert plate, and drizzle each serving with 2 tablespoons maple syrup.
Finally, combine 2 tablespoons vegan sour cream (such as Tofutti) with 2 tablespoons plain soy yogurt (such as Silk); top each serving with 1 tablespoon of the 'sour cream' mixture. Each dessert is 380 calories - garnish with some fresh rosemary sprigs for a pretty presentation, if you like!
fresh figs $3.99
The Vegan Pantry
- Vegan yogurt - Whole Soy http://www.wholesoyco.com/
- Vegan milk - Silk http://www.silksoymilk.com/
- Vegan Feta - Sunergia http://www.sunergiasoyfoods.com/
- Vegan Cheese - Galaxy Foods http://www.galaxyfoods.com/
- Vegan Eggs - Ener-G http://www.ener-g.com/
- Vegan Butter - Earth Balance http://www.earthbalance.net/product.html