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       Title: Pretty Party Mousse
  Categories: Desserts
       Yield: 10 servings
  
      18    Vanilla wafers
      20    California dried figs
            -- stewed and cut up
       1 c  Evaporated milk
            -OR- light cream
       1 c  Water
     1/2 c  Sugar
     1/2 ts Instant coffee
       1 ts Cinnamon
       1 ts Vanilla
       1 c  Minced toasted walnut meats
       2 c  Heavy cream; whipped
       1 qt Chocolate ice cream
            Whole figs for garnishing
  
   Crumble vanilla wafers and cut the figs into saucepan.  Add evaporated
   milk or cream, sugar, and instant coffee.  Place over medium heat and stir
   constantly until cookies and figs are blended with the liquid.  Chill
   until cold.  Add cinnamon and vanilla.  Meanwhile, mince walnut meats and
   place in moderate oven (350 F.) for about 10 minutes or until crisp.  Whip
   cream, reserving one-fourth for garnishing.  Place ice cream in mixing
   bowl, stir until somewhat softened.  Quickly add fig cookie mixture, nuts
   and whipped cream.  Combine thoroughly, working fast.  Before ice cream
   melts turn it into a mold and place in freezing compartment of
   refrigerator.  Freeze fast until firm.  To serve, dip quickly into
   just-warm water, turn out on chilled serving plate, garnish with whipped
   cream that has been sweetened and flavored with vanilla.  Surround with
   whole figs. Serves 10 to 12.
   
   Source: 48 Family Favorites with California Figs
   Reprinted with the permission of The California Fig Advisory Board
   Electronic format courtesy of Karen Mintzias
  
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