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Chocolate Figs with Almonds by Jenny Chandler

For this one, you do need to start a day in advance, but it's worth it. Jenny is an expert in Mediterranean flavours, not to mention the famed hospitality of the region. We love her advice for when this gets to the production line part. She suggests you crank up the music, with E.L.O or Earth Wind and Fire topping her choices to make the jobs fly by.
Course Snack
Cuisine English
Keyword Chocolate Figs
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 200 kcal

Ingredients

  • 12 soft dried figs
  • 100 ml brandy
  • 12 whole blanched almonds
  • 100 g dark chocolate at least 70% cocoa solids
  • The zest of 1 orange

Instructions

  1. Slice off the tough small stalk of each dried fig and then soak in brandy, preferably overnight. If you’ve forgotten this step, then a quick zap in the microwave or warming through in a pan will help things along.
  2. Roast the almonds in a roasting tin in a hot oven until they smell nutty, for anything between 5 and 10 minutes. Watch them very closely, giving them a shake in the tray from time to time.
  3. Melt all the chocolate, either in a bowl over a pan of hot water or in the microwave on the very lowest setting.
  4. Now get a production line going.
  5. Take a fig and push an almond into the middle. Dab the fig in the orange zest. Dip the fig in the warm chocolate and place on a sheet of greaseproof paper to firm up. If there's any brandy leftover, either use it in cooking or enjoy it neat.