[Photograph: Leo Gong]

When the peaches and plums in the market start to dwindle and apples begin flooding the tables of your local markets, figs are there to help ease the transition between summer and fall. They have the same fleeting seasonality of summer fruit, but are around to comfort us as the weather grows cool.

These Grilled Fig Sundaes with Balsamic "Fudge" from Jennie Schacht's Farmers' Market Desserts are a perfect transitional dessert. Shades of summer are represented though scoops of ice cream and burstingly sweet figs that are grilled, preferably before the grill is retired for the season. Fall come through with the rosemary skewers that the figs are threaded onto and deeply sweet and sour balsamic "fudge" sauce made from vinegar reduced with red wine and sugar. The dish is finished with a sprinkle of sea salt and cracked black pepper, savory elements that tie together the sweet and tart notes of this gorgeous early fall sundae.

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