We just wrapped up the 4th of July and while you may have pigged out on foods, it’s still the weekend and you have an excuse to try this delicious treat that we are going to share with you.
Figs are not just for Newton’s any more. When thinking truffles the first thing that comes to mind is delicious treat. Closely followed by, well that has too many calories to even consider. These decadent truffles will not only be delicious but easy on the waistline. Although fig and ginger is not something you would commonly think when thinking truffle, one taste and you will be hooked. The subtle honey flavor with the texture of the fig and slight spice of the ginger topped off with the richness of the dark chocolate will leave you speechless and wanting more. Its ok indulge they are good for you.
2 cups dried figs (about 8 ounces)
1/4 cup crystallized ginger (about 2 ounces)
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 Tbsp. honey
¾ cups dark chocolate (60 to 70 percent cocoa solids) (Ghirardelli is one of my favorite)
1. Remove the stems from the figs and discard. Put the figs, ginger, cinnamon and honey in a food processor and process for about 45 seconds, until the ingredients are finely chopped and begin to stick together.
2. Roll the fig mixture with your hands into heaping teaspoon-sized balls and set them on a baking sheet or plate lined with waxed paper.
3. Place a small bowl over a saucepan, containing barely simmering water, over low heat Make sure the water is at least 2 inches from the bottom of the bowl. Place half the chocolate in the bowl and stir until it is melted. Remove the saucepan from the heat and add the remaining chocolate. Stir until all the chocolate is melted. Remove the bowl containing the chocolate from the pan.
4. Roll the fig balls into the melted chocolate 1 or 2 at a time, until they are all covered. Place them back on the waxed paper and chill in the refrigerator until set, about 15 minutes. Serve at room temperature.