Thursday, July 29, 2010

1-2- 3 Fig Chocolate Chip Crumble

Why 1-2-3? because it is that simple to make :-)

1-2 servings

- 8-10 figs quartered
- Equal parts flour, almond meal and butter (cold) - 30 g
- For sweet-toothers use equal part of sugar as well - 30 g (  I used  20g)
- A dozen chocolate chip morsels ( I just chopped 20 g  of Valrhona Noir Amer 71% cacao chocolate into little pieces)

Varation: use brown sugar instead and replace the chocolate with 1 tsp of cinnamon


1. Preheat your oven to 350F.
2. Wash and quarter your figs (good thing there are only 8 to 10 :-))
3. Butter your baking dish or ramequins and place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or foil as the fruits tend to  release their juice when hot, causing a spill. Set them aside while your prepare the topping.
4. In a medium bowl, toss together the sugar,  flour and almond meal (and cinnamon if you use it). Add the butter cut in small pieces and mix with your fingertips until you get a mixture that resembles coarse crumbs. (This is a great exercise for your fingers and fun too, kind of like playing with sand :-)
5. Place the quartered figs into the baking dish, cut side up.  Divide the topping evenly on top of the dishes. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until the topping is light brown. Sprinkle the chocolate chips among the crumbles and leave for another 5 minutes until the topping is medium brown. (If the topping is already brown, just turn
off the oven and leave the crumble in there a couple of minutes so the chocolate chips have a chance to melt)

Serve hot with some vanilla ice cream OR let it cool off then refrigerate and serve the next day.  I like it cold better, it reminds me of a fig newton but with an almond and chocolate chip crust ... quite a delightful combination, trust me :-)

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