Sunday, March 4, 2012

Dark Chocolate Medallions with Pistachios and Candied Papaya


I'm almost ashamed to write out a recipe for these delicious indulgences because they are so incredibly simply to make. These little dessert bites came about a few nights ago. Do you ever have a late night sugar craving you just can't soothe? It's not the most healthy feeling, but, let's face it, it happens to the best of us. I could have settled for a little piece of dark chocolate only but I knew I wanted to turn my craving into something I could share with all of you... and this is how these little chocolate discs made their way onto my kitchen counter. They take minutes to put together and are also perfect to serve with a cup of tea or coffee in the afternoon.

I've had different versions of these growing  up - they're called 'mendiants' and are basically chocolate discs topped with candied fruit. You can try these with different variations of fruits and nuts -  I love the combination of salty pistachios with sweet candied papaya but walnuts and candied orange are delicious too, as is candied lemon and toasted almonds! You can lay these out on a parchment-lined cookie sheet, but I like to use a Silpat for projects like these.

Dark Chocolate Medallions with Pistachios and Candied Papaya

1 cup of good quality dark chocolate chips
2 tbsp of diced candied papaya
2 tbsp of salted pistachios

Melt the chocolate in a double boiler until smooth. Using a small spoon, form discs of chocolate on a Silpat mat or parchment-lined baking sheet. Try to create as even a base as possible. Top with papaya and pistachios. Leave to set completely before peeling off and serving. Enjoy!

14 comments:

Spencer said...

Sounds like a real mouthful and looks absolutely delicious!

Candy said...

Wonderful!

Juanita said...

What a lovely flavour combination! And such a pretty photograph as well.

Chocolate Shavings said...

Juanita: Thank you!

thelittleloaf said...

These are so pretty! And I'm glad you shared the recipe - they might be simple but sometimes the best recipes are :-)

Ben said...

Hmmm those look delicious!

Miss Meat and Potatoes said...

These are lovely to look at and make me want to get into the kitchen and play. Thanks for sharing.

Dark Chocolate said...

Looking very awesome and delicious...Yumm

Anne said...

Yum! Thanks for sharing these look delicious.

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Mardi @eatlivetravelwrite said...

Miam - I LOVE LOVE mendiants and I love the twist with pistachios and papaya :)

Danguole said...

There's no shame in simple when the flavor combination is so unique and the presentation so beautiful! Great photo.

beti said...

this is a lovely idea! so simple yet delicious

Nina said...

Looks delicious...anything chocolaty am in:)

Rosita Vargas said...

OMG ...estos medallones me los llevo todos de una vez a la boca ,que maravilla es una bocado irresistible,abrazos hugs,hugs.

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