Dulce de Brevas (Colombian-Style Figs with Syrup)

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Brevas Caladas con Queso

Every year, when I start decorating my house for the holidays, I get homesick and miss being with my family, laughing, dancing, cooking and eating delicious Colombian food. That’s the disadvantage of living so far away from Colombia, but I am happy to be able to offer my family here in the United States and my readers all over the world some of my culture and cuisine.

My kids are half Colombian but are living a 100% American life. I do my best to show them some of my Colombian traditions, a bit of the passion I feel for my country, and our food. It is hard because I don’t have a lot of  Colombian people around me, but I do my best.

Today I want to share with you guys a popular and traditional Colombian dessert that my grandmother always had on her table during the holidays, “Dulce de Brevas” or “Brevas Caladas”. It is simply figs cooked in a sugarcane (panela) syrup and served with white fresh cheese on the side and it is absolutely delicious.

Buen provecho!



  • 24 fresh and firm figs
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 1 pound of panela
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • Water


  1. Make a crosswise cut on the top side of each fig. Place the figs in a  large bowl.
  2. Add 4 cups of water, lime juice and let them soak overnight.
  3. The next day rinse the figs and set a side.
  4. Place the panela, cinnamon sticks and 7 cups of water in a large pot and cook over low heat until the panela is dissolved completely.
  5. Add the figs and cook over low heat until the panela has a syrupy consistency, for about 1 hour and 40 minutes stirring occasionally.
  6. Serve the brevas with queso fresco on the side or refrigerate in a  covered glass jar up to a week.
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  1. says

    These look perfect. If I’d seen this recipe this morning I would have made them. It’s not fig season in Greece but I deep freezed some during the summer for my son who came to visit for Christmas. We didn’t like them when thawed but made them into a jam. The ingredients I used are almost the same.

  2. Diana says

    I am living in Bogota now and cannot find this type of fresh fig in the stores. When we lived in Lima, Peru, this was my FAVORITE midnight snack. I am dying to make them here. Do you know when/where I can find the fresh fig?? Thanks for the great recipes!!

    • Jaime barreto says

      Go to any plaza de mercado and you’ll find any type of fruit,and while you shop for brevas,try the crema de limon,O M G.let me Know how you like it,enjoy

  3. Mary says

    This sounds fantastic! I love figs in syrup, so I’m excited to make this. Any suggestions for the cheese? Thanks!

  4. sara says

    Gracias por la receta, me regalaron un arbolito de brevas y hoy pude recoger una docena maduritas y estoy haciendo el dulce. Suerte. Yo vivo en Miami y hago todos los postres y panes y bunuelos siempre. Es indo conservar la tradicion.

  5. Tomara says

    I found your blog when I was looking for an explanation of what panela was (I bought some at my new/local produce market. I LOVE the recipes I’ve read so far in general and can’t wait to try the recipes you’ve shared. :)

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