What’s better than fresh and great tasting fruit? Fresh fruit dipped in chocolate!
I had my first fresh fig several years ago right from a tree in Greece and it was a life changing event. Well, that may be a bit dramatic. It was when I realized that you don’t have to eat figs when they are dried so I guess you could say it was at least a revelation of sorts.
Have you ever eaten a fresh fig? It’s kind of hard to explain. They are sweet, a sweetness that reminds me of honey. If you’ve ever had a Fig Newton then you can kind of get the idea. A fresh fig has a variety of textures going on. The outer layer is a little tough and the insides are all mushy. (Very technical, I know.)
I used Adriatic figs today. I actually thought that their green color meant that they weren’t ripe yet. Nope, that’s what color they are supposed to be. Good old Google set me straight. You can use whatever kind of fresh figs you can get your hands on. Actually that may be a difficult task, seeing as it’s not always available at my grocery store and this was the first time I’d seen them in quite a while.
P.S., I had fun taking pictures of these green beauties and took way too many photos. In fact, I lost track of time (as I often do when I’m taking pictures of my recipes) and was way behind schedule in making our lunch. Skillet Pizza turned out to be our late lunch-early dinner. (Sorry boo!)
It turned out that using a macro lens is easier on small fruit (versus Baked Acorn Squash). Warning: Objects in mirror are closer than they appear. 😉 To give you a side by side comparison, the photo below is on macro.
The photo below is not on macro. Interesting, right?
Chocolate. Seriously, is there a better word in the food world? It makes the pretty little green fruits even prettier. (Though now that I think about it there aren’t very many things that aren’t better with chocolate.) The chocolate takes these figs to another level in the high rise of flavor town. The figs enhance the flavors of the chocolate and vice versa. How does it do that? I’m telling you… fruit + chocolate = heaven. And don’t get me started on the pecans! They add awesome crunch, texture, and flavor.
I recommend using good quality chocolate here because it does make a difference when it’s one of only a few ingredients in the entire recipe. In other words, the better the chocolate the tastier the final product.
What are you guys up to for Halloween? Me? Bah humbug. I don’t like to dress up. I don’t like scary movies (not even the commercials for them). I don’t do Halloween decorations. BUT I do love to hand out candy to trick or treaters so that’s what I’ll be doing tonight. 🙂
Have a happy and safe Halloween!
Chocolate Dipped Fresh Figs Recipe
(For 9 figs)
- 3/4 cup chocolate chips (I used Ghirardelli 60% Cacao Bittersweet Chocolate Baking Chips)
- 1/2 tablespoon butter
- 9 fresh figs
- (optional) 1/4 cup pecans, finely chopped
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set it aside.
- Melt the chocolate chips and butter. I used the double boiler method. Feel free to use the microwave but be careful not to burn the chocolate.
- Dip each fig into the bowl of melted chocolate and butter.
- (Optional) Sprinkle the chopped pecans over the chocolate immediately.
- Place the chocolate dipped figs onto the parchment paper to rest until the chocolate has set.
Source: Tina’s Chic Corner
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