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Chocolate Covered Figs

I’ve been craving dark chocolate lately and thought why not try dipping some figs in chocolate to make it healthy. Dipping them was so easy and fun since I was able to get creative. I cut them in half to expose the beautiful red colors inside the fig and sprinkled them with coconut flakes for extra color and texture. They can even be cooled standing up or laying down for a different look. This is a perfect kitchen project to do with to do with kids or even a girl’s night in with a glass of red wine. After all, we could all use more chocolate in our lives.

Optional items to incorporate:

  • Coconut flakes
  • Shaved or chopped almonds, walnuts, pistachio,
  • Sea salt
  • White Chocolate
  • Mini Chocolate chips

For this recipe, I used Ghirardelli dark chocolate melting wafers but if you don’t have melting wafers or baking chips there are plenty of options. I’ve read a few different recipes using dark chocolate bar and little coconut oil. Here is one

Dark Chocolate Covered Figs
Ingredients
• 1 cups (1/2 lb) Joe’s Premium  fresh black mission figs
• 10 oz dark chocolate melting wafers or baking chips
(white chocolate is good too)
• Almond or any nuts (optional)
• Unsweetened coconut (optional)

Directions:
1. Gently rinse figs and let dry on paper towel. The figs must completely dry before dipping. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.
2. Melt chocolate as directed on packaging.
3. When chocolate is melted and figs are dry, dip the lower half of the figs in chocolate. Allow excess to drip back into the bowl. While the chocolate is still soft, dip in additional topping like almonds or coconut. Place on parchment paper lined cookie sheet.

Chocolate covered figs are fun so get creative with how you dip them. Try cutting some in half, let some cool standing up and some laying on their side. Even try a little design by drizzling a zig zag line of chocolate over the initial coat.

4. Refrigerate uncovered about 30 minutes or until chocolate hardens and is ready to serve. Keep stored in refrigerator so chocolate will not melt. Chocolate covered figs should be good for up to 48 hours.

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Fig Ricotta Cake

Have you ever tried a ricotta cake?  Well, let me tell you it’s amazing!!! It is like the light-weight and guiltless cheesecake. It’s creamy, fresh, light, and slightly sweet; perfect for those weeknight desserts or breakfasts (if you roll like that)! The best part is you can use any fresh or frozen fruit you have on hand.  August is the month for fresh California black mission figs, so we have incorporated that into our ricotta cake.  This cake is guaranteed to be a crowd pleaser.

Fig Ricotta Cake

Now, I cut my figs in quarters (half lengthwise and then again cut half lengthwise). I felt this cut was beautiful to top off the cake, but feel free to channel your inner creativity and cut your fresh black mission figs any way you like!

Fresh Fig Ricotta Cake

Ingredients

  • Nonstick vegetable oil spray
  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 ½ cups ricotta
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 cups (1 lb) Joe’s Premium black mission figs, quartered

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Line a 9″-diameter cake pan with parchment paper and lightly coat with nonstick spray. Whisk flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl.
  2. Whisk eggs, ricotta, and vanilla in a medium bowl until smooth; fold into dry ingredients just until blended. Then fold in butter, followed by 1 cup black mission figs, trying not to crush the figs. Scrape batter into prepared pan and scatter remaining 1 cup black mission figs over top.
  3. Bake cake until golden brown and a tester inserted into the center comes out clean, 50 minutes. Let cool at least 20 minutes before unmolding.

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