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9 Festive Figgy Fun Recipes for We Should Cocoa

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Well I hope you all had a very jolly Christmas, full of good cheer, lots of chocolate and some festive figgy fun. As some of you may have gathered CT and I both had flu, but by Christmas day we were able to get out for a bit of a stretch on the coast and a clamber down and back up the cliffs to a rather beautiful but awkward to get to beach. There we joined friends for a while, which given that most of my family were basking in Australia, seemed like a fun thing to do.

It seems that figs are not your favourite thing to eat at Christmas as we only had nine entries for We Should Cocoa this month. However the offerings we did have all had my mouth watering and I am keen to try out every single one. Thank you very much to all those who took the time and effort to enter, your efforts are much appreciated.

Ros from The More Than Occasional Baker kicked things off early in the month with something I’ve wanted to try making for years and still haven’t managed. Her chocolate and fig paneforte looks delicious and from the feedback she got from her colleagues, who were all clamouring for more, it obviously was.

Fig and honey is a classic pairing and it has been used in most of this month’s recipes. Dom from Belleau Kitchen has brought it to the fore with his fig and honey mince pies with chocolate shortcrust pastry. Send some over I say.

The Italian fruit and nut confection panforte was a popular choice and Suelle from Mainly Baking gave it a whirl too. Her version contained crystallised ginger as well as figs and chunks of dark chocolate. The flavours and spices used in this fig chocolate and ginger paneforte is most definitely Christmas in a cake.

One of my many weaknesses – it’s all the fault of my Middle Eastern genes I’m sure – is for a truly good baklava. Hannah over at Honey & Dough made an aptly festive fig and chocolate baklava with added cranberries and all sorts of good things. Now if only I could try a piece.

Cute little vegan chocolate mince pies come from Johanna’s Australian kitchen over at Green Gourmet Giraffe. So into mince pie making was she this Christmas that she made three batches – lucky recipients I say. Figs, it goes without saying, were an integral feature.

Fresh figs got a look in with this rather different figgy pudding from Janice over at Farmersgirl Kitchen. Her poached figs with white chocolate sauce is a quick but impressive dessert I am now keen to try out next time fresh figs come my way.

And more fresh figs in this Christmas dessert from Kate at Gluten Free Alchemist. She also pairs figs with white chocolate in this white chocolate panna cotta served with honey-roasted figs & walnuts. As Kate says, this slips down rather easily, even after a heavy Christmas meal. It sounds as though Kate and Janice are onto something with this pairing and I’m wondering why I haven’t tried it before.

Here comes a wonderful Christmas gift which I would be very happy to receive – are you listening? Cate over at A Travelling Cook brings us this most realistic looking vegan chocolate salami. It, of course, features figs as well as nuts and biscuits.

I just managed to get my entry in before Christmas. I used a Spanish fig and almond wheel along with some of last year’s chocolate mincemeat to make my light but fruity, spicy and boozy last minute Christmas cake. My fig and mincemeat Christmas bundt has proved to not only be totally scrumptious with a great texture, but it is keeping really well too.

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17 Comments

  1. Janice Pattie

    30th December 2014 at 6:54 pm

    I see what you mean, a few recipes I would like to make, expecially the panforte and the backlava, yum!

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    • Choclette Blogger

      30th December 2014 at 7:47 pm

      Oh all of them Janice and most definitely yours. Thanks for playing along this month.

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  2. Lynette Hammond

    30th December 2014 at 6:57 pm

    We were ill over Christmas too, mine struck half way through Christmas day! I don’t think I’ve ever actually eaten figs before…I do like the look of some of these goodies though so perhaps I’ll try them in 2015.

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    • Choclette Blogger

      30th December 2014 at 7:48 pm

      Oh sorry to hear that Lynette – NOT FUN! Eating figs in 2015 is a nice easy New Year’s resolution for you 😉

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  3. Sarah Willoughby

    30th December 2014 at 8:01 pm

    Vegan Salami? Where did you get that?!
    Same I had the flu over christmas as well and had to work Boxing day sales. Gah, was not fun 🙁 Hope that you are better now xxx

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    • Choclette Blogger

      30th December 2014 at 8:39 pm

      Oh no, not you as well Sarah. Hope you get New Year’s day off and are now feeling much better. I am – at last 🙂

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  4. Alicia Foodycat

    30th December 2014 at 10:03 pm

    I love figs & chocolate – but Christmas isn’t my best time to be blogging! I did buy some wonderful bonbons from Brindisa, which are figs stuffed with brandy truffle & enrobed in chocolate.

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  5. Suelle

    30th December 2014 at 11:16 pm

    Not many entries, but all of them sounding delicious! I think it’s the busy time of year rather than the subject of figs which has reduced the usual numbers. What’s not to like about figs?

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  6. Catherine

    31st December 2014 at 5:19 am

    Love figs and all of this looks wonderful!
    Happy and Blessed New Year. xo Catherine

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  7. Angela Moore

    31st December 2014 at 10:44 pm

    What a great round up and lots of inspiring bakes which I am sure all taste as good as they luck.

    Happy New Year and best wishes for 2015!

    Angela – Garden Tea Cakes and Me

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  8. Emma Julia

    1st January 2015 at 10:02 am

    That panacotta & baklava are just food porm if you’ll excuse the use of the phrase!

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  9. Jane Sarchet

    1st January 2015 at 10:41 am

    Oh ‘eck, that baklava looks divine! Happy new year sweet lady, I hope 2015 is your year <3
    Janie x

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  10. Bintu @ Recipes From A Pantry

    1st January 2015 at 2:04 pm

    The panna cotta with roasted figs. yum, yum, yum.

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  11. Hannah Hearsey

    1st January 2015 at 6:49 pm

    I want to eat at least one serving of each of these! Beautiful round up to end 2014!

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  12. Kate Glutenfreealchemist

    1st January 2015 at 7:46 pm

    Anyone who hasn’t eaten figs, particularly fresh ones….. is definitely missing out! I think the poor little things (the figs that is) are misunderstood by many and loved by a few. I’m in the second group! And judging by the above, I am not the only one….. lovely inspired recipes and a few that I fancy there…. The Panfortes and Dom’s figgy pies sound wonderful!

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  13. GG

    3rd January 2015 at 2:52 pm

    I love the look of Dom’s fig and honey mince pies – genius. GG

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  14. The Caked Crusader

    4th January 2015 at 5:06 pm

    Happy new year!

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