Chocolate Coated Figs Stuffed with White Chocolate Cointreau Ganache
I know this a bit of a long title for a little post but I thought ‘fig truffle’ just didn’t do them justice. I bought these beautiful figs from the local veggie store at the weekend and yes, I know I’m probably one of very few people who buy them, everyone else seems to have them by the bucket load in their garden or rotting away under the boughs of the tree but no one has kindly sent any my way yet so I bought my own before the season comes to an end. The intention was to make a fig & aniseed cake but they were just so perfect in shape I couldn’t bear to slice or chop them so I decided to use them in their full form. And what better way than to turn them into a beautiful truffle.
The key is to have really ripe fresh figs which are beautifully red on the inside and soft to touch on the outside, but not bruised.
- 6 fresh figs
- 50ml whipping cream
- 100g white chocolate
- 1 tbsp cointreau
- zest of half an orange
- 200g dark chocolate (70%)
- Cover a tray with greaseproof paper, this is for sitting the prepared figs on.
- Put cream into a bowl and heat in microwave to almost boiling.
- Add chopped white chocolate to the cream, the heat of cream will melt the chocolate. Stir till completely melted.
- Add cointreau and zest to the white chocolate and refridgerate till firm enough to pipe.
- Make a small opening at the base of each fig, enough to fit a piping nozzle in only.
- Fill a piping bag & nozzle with the white chocolate ganache.
- Insert the nozzle into one of the figs and fill with ganache until the ganache starts to squeeze out. Place on a plate bottom down to prevent ganache from squeezing out.
- Repeat with all of the figs and refridgerate again till ready to use.
- Melt dark chocolate in a small bowl just big enough to fit one fig.
- Dip each fig into the dark chocolate and fully coat, using a spoon to cover completely. let any excess drip off or smooth excess off with a knife and place on prepared greaseproof tray.
- Refridgerate until set then serve.
- Will keep several days but no longer since they are fresh fruit.