Chocolate Fig Mille-Crepes Cake

For a stunning dessert that’s unexpected, hang onto this crepe cake recipe. Fig chocolate ganache sandwich a stack of crepes in our mille-crepes cake.

If you’ve never made a mille-crepes cake before, the good news is that even a beginning baker can pull off this stunning dessert. The idea behind this crepe cake recipe started with buckwheat crepes, also known as a galette, traditional from the Brittany area of France. With buckwheat as the main ingredient, they don’t use any wheat and are naturally gluten-free. That’s a plus in our book since it means more kinds of eaters can enjoy it. If you’re not up for making the whole crepe cake recipe right now, you can make the buckwheat crepes and fig hazelnut ganache for a decadent breakfast.

For a stunning dessert that’s unexpected, hang onto this crepe cake recipe. Fig chocolate ganache sandwich a stack of crepes in our mille-crepes cake.

Sandwiching the layers of the mille-crepes cake is a mission fig hazelnut ganache you will want to spoon on everything! Trust us, we tried it on toast, swirled into yogurt and even spread it on sliced bananas. It’s like Nutella’s grown-up cooler cousin because the mission figs really ramp up the flavor. We are always open to chocolate and fig desserts but this is our new favorite! It looks harder to make than it is. Like the first pancake which is usually the experiment / trial run, the swirling of the crepe batter takes practice, but you get a lot of opportunities to practice with this cake. Plus, if you have a few crepes that don’t look perfect, they will all get covered with the fig hazelnut chocolate ganache, so no one has to know and you can put less than perfect crepes at the bottom or in the middle of the stack.

Plan ahead for this crepe cake recipe: since there is no gluten in buckwheat and buckwheat isn’t great at binding, the batter needs to cure in the refrigerator, letting all the ingredients meld and chill for at least 2 hours, but preferably overnight. A small slice of this mille-crepes cake is all you need since this cake is rich. You can also garnish it with a dollop of freshly whipped cream and extra roughly chopped hazelnuts and mission figs.

For a stunning dessert that’s unexpected, hang onto this crepe cake recipe. Fig chocolate ganache sandwich a stack of crepes in our mille-crepes cake.

Chocolate Fig Mille-Crepes Cake

Course Dessert
Servings 10 slices

Ingredients

Cocoa Buckwheat Crepes

  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1/4 cup Dutch processed cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoons melted unsalted butter
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 cups buckwheat flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup water

Fig Hazelnut Ganache

  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 6 ounces stemmed and quartered Blue Ribbon Orchard Figs (1 cup)
  • 6 ounces semisweet chocolate bars, chopped (or feves)
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup toasted hazelnuts (plus more for garnish if desired)

Instructions

Make the Mille-Crepes Cake

  1. Heat the milk, whisking in cocoa powder, vanilla, and sugar until combined over medium low heat for 5 minutes, whisking occasionally until combined and warm. Cool for 5 minutes.

  2. Using a whisk or fork and bowl, or blender, combine the buckwheat flour, salt, butter, eggs, and warm cocoa milk together until smooth. Transfer to a bowl. Cover and chill the batter for at least 2 hours, or preferably overnight.

  3. When ready to make the crepes, whisk 1/2 cup water into the batter. Place a large dinner plate or sheet pan on the stovetop next to where you will be cooking.

  4. Set an 8-inch nonstick skillet or crepe pan over medium heat. Drop a small knob of unsalted butter into the pan, swiping around the sides with a paper towel to coat the bottom. Turn the heat down to medium low. Taking the pan off the heat, pour and swirl in 3 tablespoons but no more than 1/4 cup batter into the pan, tilt and swirl off the heat spreading the batter over itself in the middle until the batter stops moving. Place the pan back on the stovetop and cook for 1 minute and 30 seconds or when the top looks more dry and the edges have begun to release from the sides of the pan. Nudge a flexible spatula underneath and flip, cooking on the other side for 30 seconds. Place the crepes in a stack on the plate or sheet pan. Repeat until you’ve cooked all the batter.

Make the Fig Hazelnut Ganache

  1. Place the cream and California Mission Figs in a small saucepan set over medium low heat, for about 5 minutes. Tumble the chopped chocolate or chocolate feves into a medium sized bowl. Place a strainer on top of the bowl and pour the cream through the strainer onto the chocolate below. Ignore the cream and chocolate for 3 minutes. Transfer the figs from the strainer to a food processor along with the salt and hazelnuts. Stir together the cream and chocolate until smooth. Then, transfer to the food processor. Process until smooth.

Assemble the Mille-Crepes Cake

  1. Place a crepe on a cake stand or whatever surface you plan on presenting it. Select your 20 best crepes. Using an offset spatula, spread about 2 tablespoons evenly across the crepe. Top with another crepe. Continue the crepe and ganache layers until you’ve used up all the crepes. Dollop and spread the rest of the ganache on top of the cake. You can scatter chopped toasted hazelnuts on top or slices of dried mission figs. Chill for 2 hours before serving.

Recipe and photos by Annelies Zijderveld

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Vegetarian Tagine with Quinoa

During the winter, we turn to comfort food like this vegetarian tagine recipe. You can make this vegetarian tagine all year long, served over quinoa.

This easy, comforting Moroccan vegetarian tagine recipe is perfect as a quick weeknight or weekend lunch or dinner entree. The dish is incredibly versatile and goes great paired with quinoa or couscous and can be topped with a whole range of herbs, seeds, and dried fruits (California Mission Dried Figs are a must in this dish). My personal favorite way to enjoy this vegetarian tagine is with plant-based yogurt pomegranate seeds, parsley, and pumpkin seeds on top. You can easily substitute the sweet potatoes for Russet potatoes for a delicious meal. The dish is best served hot and keeps well for several days in a sealed container.

If the Northern African blend of chiles and spices, harissa, is new for you, it comes often in two forms: powdered and as a paste. You can easily make a paste from the powdered spice by whisking it with a bit of oil and water. The recipe below calls for the powder, available in most grocery stores or at your favorite spice shop online or in town.

During the winter, we turn to comfort food like this vegetarian tagine recipe. You can make this vegetarian tagine all year long, served over quinoa.

Vegetarian Tagine with Quinoa

Course Main Course
Cuisine Moroccan, Vegetarian

Ingredients

  • 2-3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large yellow onion, peeled and chopped
  • 4-5 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped
  • 1 large sweet potato, peeled and cubed
  • Dash sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon harissa spice blend
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 2 cups low-sodium vegetable broth (or broth of your choice)
  • 1 1/2 cups canned whole peeled tomatoes
  • 1 heaping cup chopped Blue Ribbon Orchard Choice or Sun-Maid Mission Figs
  • 1 (15-ounce) can chickpeas, drained
  • Juice 1/2 lemon
  • Handful fresh parsley leaves

To Serve

Instructions

  1. In a large pot or Dutch oven, heat olive oil over medium for 1-2 minutes. Add onions, increase heat to medium, and saute for 5 minutes, stirring regularly.

  2. Add garlic and the rest of the chopped veggies. Season with salt and spices. Toss to combine. Cook for 5 to 7 minutes on medium-high heat, stirring regularly.

  3. Add broth, tomatoes, and California Figs and season with a dash of sea salt.

  4. Keep the heat on medium-high and cook for 10 minutes. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for another 20 to 25 minutes or until veggies are tender. Stir in chickpeas and cook another 5 minutes on low heat. Stir in lemon juice and fresh parsley. Taste and adjust seasoning, adding more salt or harissa spice blend to your liking.

  5. Transfer to serving bowls with a large scoop of quinoa and top with the suggested items from pumpkin seeds to fresh parsley according to your liking. Get creative and have fun!

Recipes and photos by Carolyn Vinnicombe

If you make this recipe, snap a photo and tag us @valleyfig —we’d love to see what you’re cooking on Instagram and Facebook!

During the winter, we turn to comfort food like this vegetarian tagine recipe. You can make this vegetarian tagine all year long, served over quinoa.

Instant Pot Rice Pudding with Figs

Today we have a wonderful recipe for you, Instant Pot Rice Pudding with California Figs! Grandma-made fantastic rice pudding. Sweet and so thick and creamy, you had to use a fork to eat it. She put in all kinds of different dried fruits, depending on what she had on hand, but we loved figs best.

Cooking dried figs in instant pot rice pudding adds extra sweetness to this comforting dessert.

Rice pudding is a nostalgic, good old-fashioned treat, comforting and delicious served either warm or cold. Decadent in flavor already, adding California Figs takes this dish completely over the top! To make it even easier, we’ve created this recipe specifically for an electric pressure cooker.

Instant Pot Rice Pudding is the easiest way to make this classic comforting dessert.

California Figs add a beautiful texture to every creamy bite of this rice pudding! They offer lovely bursts of flavor, and are rich in valuable minerals and vitamins. It is the best of both worlds – a luscious dessert and healthy component to balance it.

Have you heard everyone talking about electric pressure cookers or Instant Pots? Are you intrigued? This recipe may be nostalgic, but an instant pot is definitely not your grandmother’s pressure cooker. They have built-in safety features that make it a breeze to use and who doesn’t love that? And, if you’ve never made instant pot rice, you’ll be thrilled to see it’s ready in a snap.

Gluten Free Instant Pot Cookbook will be your trusty guide to making easy gluten-free meals in the instant pot.

How do we know? We wrote a cookbook about it that’s now out in stores. In The Gluten-Free Instant Pot Cookbook, we introduce you to how to use an Instant Pot with a comprehensive collection of gluten-free recipes designed for all kinds of electric pressure cookers. Our aim is to help those who cannot eat gluten make their own traditional favorite recipes in a pressure cooker or Instant Pot. This book will help you safely and easily cook gluten-free dishes for your family and friends, creating nearly effortless and delicious meals everyone will love.

There are not a lot of books that specifically address the gluten-free Instant Pot community and this one fills that niche. With each recipe, you’ll find recommendations for brands we have found that are gluten-free and work well under pressure. With a wide variety of alternate grains to use in place of wheat or barley, you will find many new delicious options to add to your dinner table, including this recipe for classic Rice Pudding, perfect for a cozy night indoors.

Instant pot rice pudding is an easy way to make a dessert that's perfect in the winter months.

Instant Pot Rice Pudding with Figs

Course Dessert
Servings 6 servings
Calories 410 kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Blue Ribbon Orchard Choice or Sun-Maid California Figs, stemmed and halved
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1 1/2 cups arborio rice
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 5 cups milk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup half and half
  • 2 teaspoons gluten-free vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. In a medium bowl, combine the figs with boiling water. Cover and set aside for 30 minutes to plump. NOTE: If using juice or other liquid to plump the figs, you do not need to boil the liquid. Just cover and soak for at least 30 minutes or up to 2 days in the refrigerator.

  2. To Make the Rice Pudding

  3. Combine rice, sugar, salt, and milk in the inner pot of your electric pressure cooker.

  4. Press sauté on your electric pressure cooker and bring contents to a boil, stirring constantly to dissolve sugar. As soon as the mixture comes to a boil, press cancel, then close and lock the lid, making sure the steam release knob is in the sealing position.

  5. Cook on low pressure for 15 minutes. When the rice is finished, allow a 10 minute natural pressure release. After 10 minutes, turn the knob to venting, releasing any remaining steam. When the float pin drops, unlock the lid and open it carefully. Press cancel.

  6. While the rice is cooling, whisk together the eggs, half and half and vanilla extract in a medium bowl.

  7. Carefully pour in the prepared egg/vanilla mixture into the pot with the rice. Stir to combine. Turn pressure cooker back to the Sauté function. Stir until the rice just begins to boil.

  8. When the rice is hot, drain the figs from their soaking liquid and stir in to the pot.

  9. Serve immediately or pour into a large serving dish to chill. Pudding will thicken as it cools, so you may want to add a little extra half and half if you plan on serving it cold.

Recipe and photos by Sara de Leeuw and Jane Bonacci

(Reprinted with permission from The Gluten-Free Instant Pot Cookbook by Jane Bonacci and Sara de Leeuw, published by Quarto Publishing Group, 2018.)