Homemade gifts are the most exciting to give and also the most enriching to receive. The time and thought put into a gift are what make it valuable, which is why homemade versions are particularly striking. Throw a little holiday music on, and they can be a pleasure to make as well. This is even more-so true for the edible ones that involve lots and lots of taste-testing. Sampling, of course, is a must in order to triple check that the gift turns out just right for the intended recipient. At least that’s what I like to tell myself.
If you’re not the biggest fan of getting crafty in the name of gift-giving but still want to go the homemade route, these Chocolate Covered Figs are for you. They involve just three ingredients and less than a handful of steps. Plus, they’re cute and figlicious. No gift receipt needed for this one.
- -4 dozen dried figs
- -2 cups dark chocolate chips/chunks/pieces (one bag choc. chips)
- -1 1/2 cups of walnuts/almonds, finely chopped (I went for a mix)
- Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Fill a medium-large pot half full with water. Bring to a boil. Rest a metal bowl on top to create a double boiler. Bottom of bowl should be just about an inch from the water, with the edges of the pan supporting the bowl.
- Place dark chocolate in bowl, and stir continuously until melted. Remove bowl from heat.
- Place nuts in small bowl. Dip figs, stem side up, in chocolate. Immediately dip in chopped nuts. Place stem side down on parchment paper.
- Continue until all figs are covered. Chill in refrigerator 15-20 minutes, or until chocolate is hardened.