Lusty Chocolate Figs For Valentine’s Day

by Pamela

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Don’t we all want a little more lust and passion in our lives? If you answered no to this question you were either lying….or you were just lying. Of course we’re all looking for lust and passion in our lives. Sure, you could turn to the movies for some titillating ideas. Or there’s books, for the more cerebral folks out there. Maybe some toys or costumes (or both) are your go to things. But I’ve got a better idea. Hit the kitchen! These lusty chocolate figs contain everything you need to get those passion juices flowing. A little sweet, a little alcohol and a whole lotta chocolate. So bring on the sexy fig recipes!

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching and with that comes two lines of thinking: “what am I going to get for Craig?” and “who the hell thought up this ri-damn-diculous holiday to sell cards, flowers and chocolate?” I happen to go with BOTH of these lines of thought for this “holiday of hearts.” But I do like to use it as a reminder that we all need a little kick in the butt sometimes to re-calibrate our lust-o-meter, and 2/14 is just as good of a day as any.

Chocolate is one of those aphrodisiac food items that simply oozes sexiness. I’m pretty sure there’s not one other ingredient that I would deem worthy of causing me to be photographed naked for. Remember my chocolate recipe for the charity book Nudie Foodies? Calling these lusty figs, chocolate figs, just does not do this little bite of decadence justice.

Also if your idea of fig recipes starts and ends with Fig Newtons or cheese stuffed figs wrapped in bacon, prepare to have your mind blown! In my world, fig recipes will begin and end with this one.

Valentine's Day Recipes for Chocolate Figs

We start with a curvaceous fruit, the fig, which is soft and supple. Once opened, the soft center reveals an almost honey scented and flavored flesh. The rich chocolate ganache filling adds a bit of firmness to the soft fig as well as a fullness that escapes into your mouth immediately upon biting into this delicacy. Of course there needs to be a touch of spirits in this treat. After all, spirits add to seduction….don’t they? So the sexy little figs are soaked in a bath of ruby Port. Not only does the Port add a nice bit of red fruits flavor to the confection, but it helps to soften the dried fig as well. And how are these little treats finished off? They’re enrobed in a thin coat of chocolate so you get a bit of a crunch to go along with all of the softer decadence. Are you drooling yet?

These chocolate figs aren’t your cutesy little Valentine’s Day recipes that you’re probably finding all over the internets or Pinterest. No, these are for grownups. Sexy, lusty grownups that appreciate the art of seduction.

Nothing about this recipe is difficult, it just takes some time to put all the steps together. Think of it as kitchen foreplay.

Oh, and you’ll have plenty of the chocolate ganache left over after filling these chocolate figs. Wondering what to do with it? My suggestion is to take it into the bedroom with you and use it as a unbelievably delicious body paint.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Lusty Chocolate Figs For Valentine's Day
 
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These lusty chocolate figs put all other fig recipes and Valentine's Day recipes to shame.
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Serves: 24
Ingredients
  • For Figs
  • 12 Dried Calimyrna Figs
  • 12 Dried Black Mission Figs
  • Ruby Port
  • For Chocolate Ganache
  • 1 Cup Heavy Cream
  • 1½ Cups Chocolate Chopped Fine (I used 60% cocoa chocolate)
  • For Chocolate Covering
  • 1½ Cups Dark Chocolate (no more than 72% cocoa)
Instructions
  1. For Figs
  2. Add the figs to a large bowl and pour in the Port to cover figs. If you fill the bowl with Port so that the figs are at least half covered, you can turn the figs every few hours.
  3. Let sit undisturbed on the counter, covered, overnight.
  4. Remove figs from Port and wipe off outsides with paper towel.
  5. Set aside.
  6. For Chocolate Ganache
  7. Pour cream into small saucepan and heat, over medium high heat, until small bubbles appear around edges.
  8. Dump chocolate into medium size bowl.
  9. Pour half of the hot cream over the chocolate and let sit for 30 seconds.
  10. Begin stirring, to further melt the chocolate.
  11. Add in remaining cream.
  12. Keep stirring until chocolate is completely melted and ganache is glossy.
  13. Let sit until ganache is no longer hot, but still slightly warm and liquidy.
  14. For Assembly
  15. Fill a marinade syringe with the ganache.
  16. Insert the needle into the hole in the base of the fig.
  17. Gently work the needle around the inside of the fig. Try not to pierce through the skin of the fig. (If you do, don't worry too much about it.)
  18. Gently begin to fill the fig with ganache.
  19. You'll feel the fig begin to firm up. Some of the ganache will escape through the bottom, and through any holes you may have pierced in the sides.
  20. Scrape off excess gananche and lie filled fig on its side (on a plate) to firm.
  21. Continue doing this with the remaining figs.
  22. Let figs sit until the ganache firms up.
  23. To speed things up, you can put them in the refrigerator. But before dipping them in chocolate, you'll need to set them on the counter to come up to room temperature before dipping.
  24. For Chocolate Covering
  25. Place chopped chocolate into a small microwave safe bowl.
  26. Heat on high in 30 second intervals.
  27. Stir chocolate between each heating.
  28. Once chocolate has melted, you can begin dipping figs.
  29. Scrape off any excess ganache and gently dry surface with paper towel before dipping.
  30. Once dipped, stand the figs up on their flat base on a smooth surface (parchment paper is perfect for this).
  31. When they've dried, carefully peel them from the paper.
  32. Place them into candy wrappers or eat as is.
Notes
Use the largest figs you can find. Check for bruising on the Calimyrna figs. These are weak spots in the skin and tend to burst when filling. You can also dip these in white chocolate if you like. Or even fill them with white chocolate ganache.
You can buy marinade syringes anywhere they sell kitchen stuff. Mine came attached to some awful turkey marinade that I tossed, but kept the syringe.

 

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10 comments

Barbara February 9, 2013 at 4:07 pm

This is such a unique idea for a dessert- I’m definitely trying it on Vday. Thanks for sharing!

Pamela February 9, 2013 at 6:27 pm

Barbara,

This is the perfect bit of decadence for Valentine’s Day. ENJOY!!!

Georgie February 9, 2013 at 3:03 pm

I love these, I recently read a similar recipe recently and have been wanting to make it! Yours is delicious!

Pamela February 9, 2013 at 6:26 pm

Thanks Georgie!
They’re really pretty easy to make and I think they taste more luxurious than chocolate covered strawberries.

Jennifer February 8, 2013 at 3:39 pm

I LOVE figs. And chocolate. And port. I just got excited thinking about these lusty little treasures. Thank you. Now I have to go out and buy a marinade syringe.

Pamela February 8, 2013 at 3:55 pm

Jennifer – the purchase will be well rewarded. 😉

Jessica @ Burlap and Butter Knives February 8, 2013 at 2:09 pm

I have NEVER in my life been turned on by figs before… until now! Wow.. I think I need a breather now…. whew!!!!

xoxoxo

Pamela February 8, 2013 at 3:56 pm

Jessica, I thought you might like this one.

I had to take a couple of breaks while I was writing the post.

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