I love figs. LOVE figs. So it doesn’t take much for me to get figgy with it, like these delicious matcha, white & dark chocolate dipped figs. It works for both dried and fresh, btw. Either way, if you are looking for a wonderful homemade gift this holiday season…look no further! Well, look a little further. You still gotta read the recipe.
1 pound California dried figs, golden & mission 1/2 cup chocolate chips, divided 1/2 cup white chocolate chips, divided 1 teaspoon vegetable oil, divided 1 teaspoon match green tea powder
1 hour 12 minutes
Start with the best darn figs you can get your hands on. Considering 90% of U.S. grown figs come from California, it's pretty easy...but don't mess it up.
Successful chocolate work begins with mise en place. From how I am going to place and prep the figs to everything else. Get it all ready. I placed my figs on a parchment lined baking sheet in alternating varieties so the chocolate won't stick once dipped, but also to easily mix up the colors.
Ok, this chocolate part is a little tricky. You can do it how I did or make it easy on yourself with less variety. There will be deliciousness in your mouth either way.
If you want to dip the figs in the dark chocolate and drizzle it too, you will have to divide the chocolate in 2 and do it in batches. If you want to do the same for the matcha chocolate and the white chocolate, you will have to divide the white chocolate in 4. You won't need a whole lot for drizzling but you need enough for dipping that you can dredge the figs.
And if you get as excited as I do about eating and cooking with figs, you should check out the California Figs cookbook. Plus I will be giving one a way real soon over on Facebook, so follow me there.
Add a portion of your chocolate to a microwave safe dish and nuke the chocolate in 15-second intervals, stirring in between, until the chocolate is completely melted. Add just enough vegetable oil that the you can dip a fig in it without it breaking off. For the matcha chocolate, add in the matcha green tea powder after you melt the chocolate but before you add the oil so you can gauge how much oil is actually needed.
Give the fig a good shake to remove any excess chocolate. It helps if you sing Shake Shake Shake by Taylor Swift while doing this. Also, don't shake the fig too hard or it may break off into the chocolate. I may or may not know this from experience. Place the fig on the parchment lined baking sheet.
Rinse and repeat for all chocolates are dipped.
Repeat the same process for microwaving, mixing, and thinning the chocolate as before. This time, add the melted chocolate to a small zipper bag. Remove the air and force the chocolate to a corner of the bag. Using a pair of scissors, snip off a very tiny corner of the bag. Carefully drizzle the many different chocolates over the dipped figs.
Place the decorated figs in the fridge or at least an hour to harden the chocolate.
Now package these babies up in an airtight container and gift them to your bestest buds. Or eat your feelings and have them all for yourself. Enjoy!
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Jerry James Stone
Food pornographer, full-time vegetarian, pointy beard enthusiast, and I say 'hella' too much. Founder and creator of Cooking Stoned.