Technically these are called ‘mendiants’ but that’s just a fancy word for ‘deliciously simple chocolates’.
I went home for the weekend and discovered that my mum still had a little stash of Easter eggs. We started gobbling them but they were actually a little disappointing. Maybe it’s the excitement of Easter that makes them taste so good, or maybe we had already eaten the best ones (a definite possibility). Either way they didn’t really float our boat.
So I decided to make them a little more interesting. I peeled off their multicoloured jackets with vigour, popped them into a bowl and melted them over a gently bubbling pan of water.
Once they had melted to a glorious chocolate soup, I had to seriously restrain myself from taking a spoon and simply guzzling it all myself. I succeeded and instead got a silicon mat (but greaseproof paper would do equally well) and spooned little circles of chocolate onto the mat. I made mine about 1 1/2 inches wide. I then scattered on a mixture of almonds, dried cranberries, raisins, pistachios and Maldon salt flakes.
Leaving them to harden was the tricky bit. Partly because it took willpower from me and partly because we were experiencing a mini heatwave. Oh and my mum has an aga so the kitchen was swelteringly hot! In a normal kitchen which isn’t the same temperature as the Sun, they should harden after an hour or so. Mine hadn’t, so I just popped them in the fridge for a bit to firm up.
These are so incredibly easy to make and they are such a lovely thing to serve after a dinner party when you are handing round the coffee. They look so impressive and seem as though they must have taken you a while to make…nobody need know just how easy they were. I haven’t given you a recipe for this because I wouldn’t want to insult you, that’s how easy they are! I have obviously used old Easter eggs, but you can use any old chocolate you like (actually it doesn’t even have to be old…). Milk, or dark chocolate, both are gorgeous and work equally well. My favourites are the almonds with a sprinkling of sea salt. Swoon.