Here is a quick alternative to all those Halloween treats (even though we have to admit that we secretly love them). This is a traditional French sweet called mendiants. I introduced these to Clotilde and she absolutely loves them!
Makes about 15 mendiants
- 200 grams (1 1/3 cups) of dark chocolate (we used 70% Lindt dessert chocolate)
- 180 grams (1 cup) of assorted nuts (hazelnut and almond) and dried fruit (raisins, dried pineapple and dried papaya)
Chop the chocolate into large pieces. Melt the chocolate in a water-bath and stir [boil water in a saucepan; in a separate pan add the chocolate; once the water in the saucepan has boiled, place the pan in the saucepan in order to melt the chocolate]. Once the chocolate has melted, remove from water and let cool to 27C (80F) (keep stirring until the chocolate has reached desired temperature). Reheat the chocolate in the boiling water in the saucepan until it has reached 32C (89F).
Remove the chocolate from heat. Pour the chocolate to form small circles (a diameter of 3 cm) onto a baking sheet. Sprinkle the assorted nuts and dried fruit onto each chocolate circle.
Refrigerate for 30 minutes until the chocolate is firm.