Caramel Cacao Fig Truffles

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I was Christmas shopping the other day in Pittsburgh and came across a pretty sweet present for myself. Figs! Dried figs actually, but hey I’ll take what I can get. Finding figs in my area is nearly an impossible task. I felt like it was Christmas morning right there in the grocery store.

I currently have 40 figs in the fridge. Fig party; you’re all invited!! But really, I don’t really know what I plan on doing with them all. (Don’t worry, I’ll figure it out) I think that fig truffles are a good place to start, right?

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Let me prepare you for the experience that you’ll receive with these treats.

Okay, so lets get to this. You have your fig center. The heart and soul; a sweet and creamy, nutty center.
And then working our way outward you have the cacao nibs. The skin; holding together the precious insides. The cacao nibs have a strong bitter flavor and a distinct crunch as well; perfectly complimenting the mild, creamy center.
Finally the caramel topping. The special feature, the hair, makeup, whatever you’d like it to be; the melt in your mouth, sweet delectable topping. Optional of course, but extremely recommended.

Enough description, lets get to the recipe so you can get to the kitchen!

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Caramel Cacao Fig Truffles

makes 16 truffles

Fig Center
1/2 cup almonds
16 dried figs
1 tablespoon maple syrup

Pulse almonds in food processor until coarsely ground. Add in figs and maple syrup. Blend together until dough forms. Roll into small/medium sized balls. I started using warm water on my hands while rolling the balls to prevent the dough from sticking to my hands.

Cacao & Caramel Toppings

Cacao
1/4 – 1/2 cup cacao nibs

Roll fig balls into bowl of cacao nibs until covered. Then make your caramel.

Caramel
1/2 cup dates
4 tablespoons water
1 teaspoon vanilla

In food processor blend together ingredients to make a caramel sauce. Place caramel in a piping bag and top truffles with as much caramel as you desire. You might have left over caramel, but I don’t think that’s much of a problem.

Serve, enjoy!

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Store in refrigerator for up to 7 days. (I doubt they’ll last that long though.) 

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