Saturday, August 28, 2010

Baked Figs with Clementines and Dark Chocolate

The best part about this time of the year are fresh figs. I saw some great looking ones at the store the other day and jumped at the opportunity to buy some. Figs are elegant, delicious and make a great presentation when used in desserts.

Fresh Black Mission figs tossed in cinnamon sugar and clementine zest, slowly dried until sweet and chewy and dipped in dark chocolate.

Baked Figs
12 fresh Black Mission Figs, halved
1 clementine, zested
1/4c organic sugar
2 tsp cinnamon
6oz dark chocolate, 58%-65%

Preheat oven to 225.
In a bowl toss figs, zest, cinnamon and sugar together. Line on a baking sheet cut side up. Bake for 2 hours, checking ever hour. When done the figs should be semi dehydrated and somewhat chewy.

In a microwavable bowl, add chocolate and melt in the microwave 30 seconds at a time until it is mostly melted. Then stir by hand to melt the remaining chocolate. The residual heat from the chocolate will melt any remaining chunks.

Dip the baked figs in chocolate and rest on parchment paper to set up.

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