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Farm Fresh: Hunt fresh figs at markets for chocolate dessert

Thursday, August 10, 2000

Tested by Marlene Parrish

When you see fresh figs in the farmers market, make this divine dessert. Use the best chocolate you can find.

Fresh Figs with Chocolate and Almond Stuffing

3/4 cup finely chopped, unpeeled almonds
1 tablespoon sugar
2 ounces finely chopped semisweet chocolate, about 1/2 cup
1 1/2 tablespoons dark rum, or enough to lightly bind the almonds and chocolate into a paste
12 ripe, juicy figs

Place the almonds, sugar and chocolate in a bowl and stir together. Add the rum and stir until the mixture just holds together. Add a few more drops of rum as needed. It should form a rough-textured paste. If it doesn't hold together, pound mixture in a mortar and pestle or pulse briefly in a processor.

Trim the stems off the figs. Starting at the stem end, cut the figs 3/4 of the way down, making 2 incisions in the form of a cross. Carefully pinch the bottom of each fig to make the top open like a flower.

Gently stuff the almond mixture into the center of each fig. Press the fig together to reshape it. Arrange figs on a platter and serve. To be eaten with the fingers. Makes 6 servings.

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