Who could believe that so much pleasure can be had from such a simple product? Many of us turn to chocolate when we seek comfort. So during these continuing difficult times we have turned to our development kitchen to explore some new flavours. We are busy working with the concept of mendiants or chocolate bark.
A mendiant is a traditional French confection composed of a chocolate disk studded with nuts and dried fruit representing the four mendicant or monastic orders. Each of the ingredients relates to the colours of the monastic robes. Raisins represent the Augustinians, almonds for the Dominicans, dried fig for the Franciscans & hazelnut for the Carmelites. Traditionally a Christmas treat, the recipe has developed to include a whole variety of fruit peels, nuts, seeds & other items.
The rich chocolate does not enrobe these items but instead the slab permits the beauty of these inclusions to shine whilst they bring a complexity of flavours. The potential combinations of flavours are endless & the gorgeous artistry is visually tempting!
The kitchen is full of the aromas of freshly candied peels, aromatic spices & of course delicious chocolates … watch this space!