Chocolate mendiants

makes46
20 minutes

Ingredients

Chocolate mendiants

  • 100g of 70% dark chocolate
  • 100g of white chocolate, preferably good quality 35% cacao
  • 30g of crystallised rose petals
  • 30g of crystallised violet petals
  • 30g of pistachio nuts, chopped
  • sea salt flakes, optional

Method

1
Take two sheets of non-stick baking paper and use a marker pen to draw twenty-five circles on each sheet (approximately 4.5cm in size) – try drawing around an egg cup or a small round pastry cutter. Turn the paper over and place on a cool flat surface or baking tray
2
Take the dark chocolate, chop it into small pieces and place in a heatproof bowl. Fill a small saucepan up to a quarter with water and bring to a simmer. When the pan is barely simmering, place the bowl of chocolate on top, making sure that the water does not touch the bottom of the bowl
3
Without stirring, leave the chocolate until it is half melted, take the pan off the heat and allow the rest to melt in the residual heat
4
Meanwhile, very lightly toast the pistachios in a small frying pan. This will only take a minute or so, so keep your eye on them
5
Tip the pistachios on to a plate to cool, and have the other toppings to hand as you will need to work quickly once the chocolate has melted
6
Once the chocolate has melted, using a couple of teaspoons, spoon the chocolate on to the circles on the baking paper in batches of six. Decorate with pistachios and rose petals, and a few sea salt flakes if using
7
Continue in batches with the rest of the chocolate. If the chocolate in the bowl starts to solidify, place back on the pan of hot water briefly, just until it is melted enough that you can work with it again
8
Clean and dry any equipment scrupulously to ensure that it is free from any residual grease and water and repeat as above with the white chocolate. Decorate with the crystallised violets
9
Leave the mendiants to cool and set, but do not put them in the fridge, otherwise the chocolate will lose its glossiness
10
When set, carefully peel off the paper and place into an airtight container, or cellophane bags and boxes tied with ribbon, if making for gifts