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Make These Chocolate Covered Figs with Almond Paste

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Chocolate Covered Figs with Almond Paste by Anna Brones

These chocolate covered figs have become a favorite holiday recipe of mine. I just recently posted the recipe over on Foodie Underground and I thought I would share it here too. If you’re willing to spend some time in front of a bowl of melted chocolate dipping in dried figs, then making your own decadent holiday treats is totally doable. Don’t have figs? This recipe is also good with dried apricots.

Chocolate Covered Figs with Almond Paste

Ingredients:

About 50 dried figs (I prefer Black Mission figs)

7 ounces (200 grams) bittersweet dark chocolate

Turbinado sugar for garnish

For the almond paste:

1 cup raw almonds, blanched

1/4 cup (1.75 ounces, 50 grams) natural cane sugar

1 tablespoon whiskey (optional)

Other:

Parchment paper

Preparation:

Begin by preparing the almond paste. To blanch the almonds, place them in a bowl and cover them with hot/boiling water. Let sit for a few minutes until you can put your hand in the water. The skins should be loose and you should be easily able to pop the almonds out of them. Place the skins in one bowl and the blanched almonds in another.

Compost the almond skins and pour off any water that is in the bowl of blanched almonds. Place the blanched almonds in a food processor with the sugar and whiskey and mix until well blended. The mixture should be sticky and moldable.

Lay out a piece of parchment paper on your countertop. Take a small amount of almond paste and mold it around the bottom two thirds of each fig (approximately). They will look like this – complete with terrible lighting if you make these at night like I did!

Melt the chocolate by placing it in a heat-proof bowl inside of a saucepan with hot water. Dip the figs covered in almond paste into the melted chocolate, so that the chocolate covers the almond paste, and place on the parchment paper.

Sprinkle with turbinado sugar and leave to dry until the chocolate has hardened.

Store in an airtight container, out of direct sunlight (for example, in a cupboard). If you want to give some away – if you manage not to eat them all yourself that is – a nice way to gift them is to place them in a sealable glass jar.

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December 18, 2015 at 08:35

Make These Orange Chili Chocolate Tarts

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Orange Chili Chocolate Tarts by Anna Brones

Pretty proud of this recipe I just did over on Foodie Underground. A vegan chocolate ganache filling, spiced up with chili and dried orange peel, and poured into a gluten-free almond crust.

And yes, you can make them in the form of hearts. If you’re into that kind of thing, or if you need a fun Valentine’s Day recipe that isn’t full of processed ingredients and tons of sugar.

Get the recipe: Orange Chili Chocolate Tarts

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February 13, 2015 at 12:37

Recipe: Flourless Hazelnut and Chocolate Coffee Cookies

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Last week I played around with hazelnuts, cocoa powder and coffee. The result was… addictive. The recipe is now over on Sprudge, so hop on over and bake away. Because who doesn’t like cooking with coffee??

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June 17, 2014 at 12:06

Recipe: Winter Squash and Kale Millet Burgers

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A new recipe that I am in love with, this was originally posted on Foodie Underground.

I spent last Saturday morning at the local organic market. Unfortunately it was the Saturday after New Year’s and my favorite local producer wasn’t there.

“It’s France, aren’t all the market people local producers?” you ask. Well, you would like to think so. It’s romantic to envision all the Ile-de-France farmers descending upon Paris to sell their goods, a basket of local produce only a market away for the food lover, but the reality is that many of the markets are filled with distributors as opposed to producers, which makes it easy to get mangoes and pineapple in January in Paris and yet more of an effort to track down a locally grown potato. I exaggerate to make my point, but there’s an element of truth in it.

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January 17, 2014 at 02:26

Recipe: Vegan Chocolate Hazelnut Ice Cream

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When I came across one-ingredient ice cream on Food52, it seemed too good to be true. But it’s not.

The beauty is in bananas, which when frozen and put in the food processor, turn into a fluffy mass of goodness. And it’s raw. And it’s vegan.

I was so excited about the discovery I immediately sent it to fellow food connoisseur Aylin Erman, who promptly responded with “Girl, you need to make this ASAP. It changed my life.”

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October 16, 2012 at 06:00

Recipe: Coconut Chia Pudding with Raspberries and Chocolate

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I have a chia seed obsession. I have been known to put them in smoothies, and mixed with water and a little lemon juice, it’s they make for a great wake up drink. But using them in a dessert? Even better.

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September 17, 2012 at 11:25

Vote for Five Seed Crackers With Olive and Cilantro Tapenade on Ethical Ocean

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I’m excited to have my favorite Five Seed Crackers with Olive and Cilantro Tapenade in the What’s Good vegan recipe contest on Ethical Ocean. (hint: these are gluten free AND vegan… oh, and delicious of course).

You can vote every day for 3 weeks – every time you vote you’ll be entered to win a daily prize from Ethical Ocean. That’s fun… so vote and catch the full recipe here.