Saturday, May 16, 2009

French prune filled chocolates

I came across this lovely looking picture of prune chocolates on this french website and thought I should give it a go. I wasn't confident in the google translation though so I asked on PPK and Mandee and a few other forum users come to the rescue. Below is their translated recipe and it was really yummy, it actually makes prunes taste good. I didn't use agara agar and I actually used 250grams of prunes but it was still ok. My only problem was using sweet williams chocolate next time I would use dark chocolate as I don't really like their 'milk' chocolate. I also found that I didn't have quite enough chocolate though but that might just be my crap chocolate making skills. I discovered that I love orange flower water, any suggestions for where else I can use it?


300 g prunes
250 g of extra-dark chocolate (min. 70%)
1 / 2 l water
1 tablespoon of orange flower water
1 tspn. vanilla extract
Optional: 1 / 2 tspn agar agar powder, goji berries

Preparation
  • In a saucepan, combine the prunes, water, orange flower water and vanilla extract. Bring to a boil and let simmer for 15 to 25 minutes. Remove the stones, reduce to a purĂ©e. If the cream is too liquid, add the agar agar powder, and simmer 30 seconds. Cool.
  • In a bain-marie, melt 90 grams of chocolate. Spread on a cutting board covered with baking paper. Let harden.
  • Using a small spoon, place forty small piles of the prune mixture on the chocolate, as evenly as possible.
  • In the bain-marie, melt the remaining 160g of chocolate. Using a spoon, completely coat the prune mixture. Top each with a goji berry. Let harden.
  • With a knife, separate each bite. Enjoy.

For a gorgeous picture of them please see the original website, mine looked ugly :-(

4 comments:

  1. mmm these look good - btw I made the polenta cups you posted about last week (but I had a pea and bean puree in mine) - most delicious and such a great idea - thanks again for the idea - have posted about it yesterday

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  2. i like the taste of prunes! i like them as a snack...

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  3. I am so glad these worked out, even if I did first suggest a tspn of coffee vanilla! :p

    I'm a bit iffy about Sweet William's "milk" chocolate too, a few pces are ok but more than that leaves a weird taste in my mouth. But their white chocolate = win!

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  4. Oohhh, thanks for the link! I may try these - they look and sound great.

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