The Christmas time is here so I’ll be posting a lot of cookies and sweets recipes. Mendiants is a French traditional recipe, made out of chocolate topped with dried fruits and nuts. In the original they used dried figs, raisins, almonds and hazelnuts, each one representing one color of monastic robes. The recipe is super easy and easy to adapt with millions of variations. Wrapped in some see through paper with a bow on top makes a great Christmas present I guarantee.
- 200 g of dark chocolate
- pinch of good quality salt
- cinnamon, star anise (powder)
- pomegranate seeds
- blanched almonds
- dried coconut
- dried apricots
- chili flakes
- Melt the chocolate on steam with a pinch of salt, 1/2 tea spoon of cinnamon and a pinch of star anise.
- Drop a table spoon of melted chocolate on baking paper and even it out into an oval shape with the back of your spoon.
- Now place the toppings. I used chili flakes, apricots, almonds etc. You can add pistachios, orange zest, vanilla, whatever you wish. As long as they’re colorful and funky.
- Cool in the fridge for 45 minutes. Voila, your mendiants are ready.