Dream dinners: Fresh figs dipped in dark chocolate and nuts

Figs and dark chocolate are both rich in magnesium, making them a good combination for an evening dessert. But remember not to eat the chocolate too late and only in moderation.

figs in chocolate
Joff Lee

MAKES 12

PREP 15 minutes
SETTING TIME 30 minutes – 2 hours

175g dark chocolate (70% cocoa solids)
12 fresh figs
60g finely chopped walnuts

  1. Chop the chocolate into pieces and place in a heatproof bowl suspended over a pan of simmering water. When the chocolate melts, remove from the heat. (Alternatively, melt the chocolate in a microwave.)
  2. Take a fig and, holding it by its stem, carefully dip the round end into the melted chocolate, coating to about halfway. Shake off any excess.
  3. Dip the fig’s chocolate-coated end into the chopped walnuts and place on a tray lined with greaseproof paper. Repeat with the remaining figs.
  4. Leave in a cool place for 2 hours until the chocolate sets hard, or chill in the fridge for 30 minutes. Store in a sealed container in the fridge for up to three days.

TIP If you can’t find fresh figs, you can use dried figs (the plumper the better) instead.

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