Chocolate mendiants

Chocolate mendiants
Mendiants are made with a thin layer of chocolate, stuck with toasted nuts, dried and candied fruit.
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Last modified on: May 27th 2020

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Step by step recipe

Stage 1 - 3 min.
Chocolate mendiants
Preheat the oven to 300°F (150°C).

Chop 30 g Candied grapefruit peel into small dice.

Separate 20 raisins (they often come stuck together).

Stage 2 - 15 min.
Chocolate mendiants
Lay a sheet of cooking parchment on a baking sheet and spread out 20 whole almonds, 10 walnut kernels, and 20 hazelnuts.

Toast the nuts in the oven for 15 minutes.

Stage 3 - 4 min.
Chocolate mendiants
After this time, take the nuts out of the oven. Tip the almonds and walnuts off the baking sheet and (if necessary) rub the hazelnuts in tea towel to remove the skins.

Leave to cool.

Stage 4 - 10 min.
Chocolate mendiants
Reuse the same paper and baking sheet to toast 20 pistachios and 20 pine nuts in the oven for 10 minutes. Being smaller, they will not take as long.

Leave to cool.

Stage 5 - 10 min.
Chocolate mendiants
Melt 100 g dark chocolate over a bain-marie. The usual method is to put the chocolate in a bowl, but if you use a small bottle instead, this makes the next stage easier.

Stage 6
Chocolate mendiants
Check that the chocolate is fully melted.

Stage 7
Chocolate mendiants
For this recipe, I used a silicon mould with rectangular compartments, but you can use whatever you have to hand - the shape doesn't matter.

Stage 8
Chocolate mendiants
Pour a thin layer of chocolate into the moulds (now the bottle comes into its own).

Stage 9
Chocolate mendiants
Then arrange the fruit and nuts on top.

When everything is on, press down into the chocolate with your fingers.

Stage 10 - 20 min.
Chocolate mendiants
My tip: work like a production line. Pour all the chocolate first, then add the all almonds, next the raisins, etc.

This way, all your mediants will look the same.

Stage 11
Chocolate mendiants
Refrigerate for 2 hours to set the chocolate and make sure the fruit and nuts are stuck.

Stage 12
Chocolate mendiants
Take your mendiants out of their moulds gently, and leave to come back to room temperature before handing round or tucking in yourself.
The French name means "mendicants", after the 4 types of fruit and nuts traditionally used in the Provençal thirteen Christmas desserts to represent the 4 mendicant religious orders: raisins for the Augustines, hazelnuts for the Carmelites, figs for the Franciscans and almonds for the Dominicans.

You can vary the topping depending on the fruit and nuts you have to hand, but do try to keep a mix of toasted nuts + dried fruit + candied fruit.
Several days in a sealed container.
Home made.
Nutritional information
Whole recipe
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
1,185 Kcal or 4,961 Kj25 gr65 gr96 gr
59 %10 %6 %15 %
Per 100 g
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
538 Kcal or 2,252 Kj11 gr29 gr44 gr
27 %4 %3 %7 %
Per piece
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
59 Kcal or 247 Kj1 gr3 gr5 gr
3 %<1 %<1 %1 %
% are calculated relative to a Recommended Dietary Intake or RDI of 2000 k-calories or 8400 k-joules by day for a woman (change to a man).
Possible allergens in this recipe: Sulfites, Nuts, Milk
How much will it cost?
  • For 20 pieces : 2.69 €
  • Per piece : 0.13 €

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This recipe uses (among others)
Dark chocolateDark chocolate: You can get more informations, or check-out other recipes which use it, for example: Chocolate tart, Mint and chocolate cream, Pear and chocolate tart with a hint of mint, Millefeuille, Chocolate thins with toasted nuts, ... All
Candied grapefruit peelCandied grapefruit peel: You can get more informations, or check-out other recipes which use it, for example: Chocolate thins with toasted nuts, Calissons, Brioche royale, Chocolate cream with a crunch, irish coffee mousse, Grapefruit moelleux, ... All
PistachiosPistachios: You can check-out other recipes which use it, like for example: Frozen Nougat, Apricot and pistachio clafoutis, Chocolate thins with toasted nuts, Pistachio shortbread biscuits, Chocolate cereal bars, ... All
Whole almondsWhole almonds: You can check-out other recipes which use it, like for example: Chinese style chicken, Tomato pesto, Beetroot and fried chicken salad, Piped petits-fours, Toasted almond cake, ... All
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