Fresh Figs Stuffed with Chocolate and Pumpkin Seeds in a Manuka Honey and Red Wine Reduction

Fresh Figs Stuffed with Chocolate and Pumpkin Seeds in a Manuka Honey and Red Wine Reduction

Fresh Figs Stuffed with Chocolate and Pumpkin Seeds
This was the grand finale for Mystic Meals Under the Moon's Full Harvest Moon 4-Course Dinner. The richness of the chocolate and pumpkin seeds were perfectly balanced by the petite size and lightness of fresh figs. Paired with a cinnamon or other fall-spiced hot tea and you have the perfect early fall dessert or snack when figs are in season.
    Servings
    4people (4 fig halves each)
    Cook Time
    30minutes
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    Servings
    4people (4 fig halves each)
    Cook Time
    30minutes
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    Ingredients
    • 1cup water
    • 1/2 cup red wine
    • Juice of 1 orange
    • Zest of 1 orange
    • 2tablespoons Manuka honey **
    • 6 dried dates, chopped
    • 2 ounces dark chocolate bar, finely chopped
    • 1/4 cup raw pumpkin seeds
    • 8 fresh figs, cut in half and flesh slightly scooped out and at room temperature
    Instructions
    1. Combine the water and the following 5 ingredients (through dates) in a small saucepan. Bring to a slow boil, reduce heat and simmer until liquid is reduced to a thick sauce, about 20-25 minutes. Remove from heat and cool.
    2. When the Manuka honey-wine sauce has cooled, fold in the chopped chocolate and pumpkin seeds. Scoop a teaspoon of mixture into each fig half. Serve immediately.
    Recipe Notes

    *I used a pinot noir wine but any medium or full bodied red wine would pair well with the richness of the Manuka honey.

    **If you don't have Manuka honey try a local honey you have in your pantry.  If you'd like to learn more about Manuka honey, pop onto The Whole Meal's website and read my blog post, "Oh Manuka Honey! Discover This Lesser Known Honey for as Much as It's Sweetness as It's Powerful Health Benefits".

    The chocolate-pumpkin seed mixture can be made ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator but I recommend serving this dessert at room temperature rather than chilled.

     

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