Chocolate covered figs
- 1 ¾ lb dried figs
- 5 oz almonds
- 2 cloves
- 2 ½ oz candied citron
- 1 pinch cinnamon
- 3 ½ oz dark chocolate , grated
- 2 ½ oz sugar
- water to taste
Slice the figs down the middle without separating them. Lightly toast the almonds in a frying pan over low heat, making sure to turn them often. Grind the cloves into a powder using the heel of a knife. Dice the citron.
Place an almond, a pinch of clove powder and a cube of citron on the fig and close. Repeat with all of the figs, then arrange in a baking dish.
Bake in a 350 ° F oven until golden, then remove.
Meanwhile, melt the dark chocolate in a bain marie together with the cinnamon. Dip half of each fig in the chocolate and place on a piece of parchment paper to harden.
Serve, dusted with powdered sugar.
Chocolate covered figs should be stored in a wooden drawer or a tin box lined with waxed paper.
Figs have been cultivated for over ten thousand years. In fact, the fig tree is one of the first fruit trees to be cultivated by man. Super sweet and rich in nutrients, figs were considered a symbol of knowledge and truth in many ancient cultures. In ancient Egyptian mythology, the fig was the symbol of immortality and was associated with the tree of life, causing people to build sarcophaguses out of fig wood to bring good fortune to the deceased. In ancient Greece, the fig was believed to be a symbol of productiveness and well being, while in ancient Rome the fig tree was considered sacred. Romolo, the founder of the eternal city, is believed to have grown up, together with his brother Remo, drinking the milk from a she-wolf in the shadow of a fig tree.
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