Serving Suggestions

Fabulous Figs with Chocolate Nut Meringue

Gecko Grove Desert Figs are flavoured with warm spices and tangy cumquats. They are great when you want to prepare a fabulous desert quickly – simple serve in a pretty bowl with ice cream, yoghurt or mascarpone. Pour some of the syrup over the top and sprinkle with nuts or grated chocolate.

When you have a little more time why not try a Chocolate and Nut Meringue Torte with Dessert Figs and Cream?

This dessert recipe is great to make a day before and keep in a sealed container. Two egg whites will make a 20cm base or 5-6cm individual bases. I’ve included some basic instructions on the assumption that you have made a meringue or pavlova before. If you haven’t, have a look for some more detailed instructions to help you get it right. There are plenty of versions out there.

Chocolate and Nut Meringue Torte with Dessert Figs and Cream

You’ll Need:

  • 2 eggs whites
  • 100g of dark chocolate
  • 100g of raw nuts (pecans, almonds or walnuts or a mixture)
  • 100g of caster sugar
  • Double cream
  • Gecko Grove Dessert Figs
  • Nuts or shaved chocolate to serve

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 120 degrees Celsius prepare trays with baking paper marked in circles – either one 20cm circle or 5-6cm smaller circles. I used an egg ring as my template.
  2. Coarsely chop 100g dark chocolate, and 100g of you choice of raw nuts. I used pecans almonds and walnuts.
  3. Beat 2 egg whites till firm peaks form, and then gradually add 100g caster sugar and beat until firm and glossy.
  4. Carefully add choc/nut mixture and stir in gently.
  5. Spoon onto prepared circles; smooth surface. Bake in oven for 30minutes at 120 degrees Celsius then reduce heat to 100 degrees Celsius and continue cooking until dry and crisp. Tap the top lightly to check. Turn off oven and leave in oven to cool – this helps prevent cracking.
  6. When ready to serve peel the baking paper off the torte. Place on a pretty plate and spoon on some good quality double cream.  Arrange Gecko Grove Dessert Figs and drizzle the syrup and cumquats over the top.
  7. You may like to get creative with your presentation by sprinkling on nuts or shaved chocolate.

 

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