“We have so much, too much, that we can buy, yet the basic labor of doing, the making with our own hands, is what enlivens us and makes us feel human." Dan Lepard

Monday, 2 January 2017

Chocolate Mendiants




It’s a cold morning. East is a beautiful blend of pink, orange and gray. Some clouds are aligned in a strange but beautiful pattern. A fish in our pond jumps with an audible “plonk”! Far in the sky, a flock of migratory birds moves in an arched line. Some birds are left out and they seem to be flapping faster to join the group. A beautiful day and another year is unfolding graciously


Today evening promises to be exciting. Our kids have organised a get together. Some close friends have been invited. We are all busy making cupcakes, chocolate cake, cookies and Mendiants.
Making goodies together gives joy.



Mendiants are a French confection that is popular at celebrations or given as gifts on Christmas. They are chocolate discs studded with dry fruits and nuts.  We added a lot of candied peels that we made last weekend. Some Lemon peels were also added.
Kids love to participate in making them. Make them around Christmas or any special occasion, it is always enjoyable to assemble them with dry fruits and nuts of choice. 


Chocolate Mendiants
Ingredients
  • 300 grams bitter sweet chocolate or dark chocolate (take two slabs of 150 grams each)
  • Handful green raisins
  • Handful golden raisins
  • Handful dry cranberries / candied cherries
  • 5-6 dry figs cut into long thin strips
  • 5-6 dry apricots cut into long thin strips
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced candied orange and lemon peels
  • Handful almonds chopped
  • Handful pistachios chopped

Instructions
  1. Break chocolate into small pieces. Melt in a double boiler.
  2. While the chocolate is melting, take a parchment sheet big enough to cover your baking tray. Make circles of 2 1/2 inches with a pencil. Turn the sheet. Circles must be visible.
  3. Pour 1 tablespoon of melted chocolate inside the circle and spread with the back of the spoon to get a perfect circle.
  4. Arrange dry fruits and nuts.
  5. Repeat till melted chocolate is over. If the chocolate becomes firm melt again and continue.
  6. Keep the tray with Mendiants in the refrigerator for an hour.
  7. Remove and store in an airtight container.

My Tip: Prepare Mendiants with one slab at a time. Reheat chocolate as needed. Use your creativity in decorating the Mendiants. Use pepita seeds, walnuts, cashews etc.

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