Walnut & Prune in Chocolate

Let me go straight to the point: these chocolate sweets are a BOMB. Flavour explosion. So addictive, satisfying and surprisingly - quite good for you. Basically, I wish to convince you to make some and then you can let me know what you think.

I'm sure you're gonna love these.

The story behind these sweets is simple. In summer 2017 me and my family gathered in our summerhouse in the country and someone brought a bag full of sweets which later turned out to be a total hit for us all. That's what it was - walnut half in a prune dipped in chocolate. Straight away I thought I have to make these (that way you can avoid any strange additives or preservatives). So I tried a couple of tweaks and figured that these sweets turn out best when you use extra soft & juicy prunes (yup, the good quality ones), add a whole walnut half in each sweet and dip it in bittersweet chocolate (50% cocoa solids) to be precise. Extra dark chocolate was a bit too bitter in this case. Milk chocolate? Nah, we don't want that.

A sprinkling of chopped walnuts on top and for a moment you can almost feel like a chocolatier.


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Health - conscious INDULGENCE

Prunes + walnuts + bittersweet chocolate 

Yield: approx. 16 sweets | Hands on time: 20 minutes | Total time: 20 minutes + 2 hours for chocolate to set


Ingredients:

  • 100 g of bittersweet chocolate (50 % cocoa solids)
  • 16 prunes
  • 16 walnut halves + a bit more for sprinkling

Use vegan chocolate for a vegan version

Add one walnut halve into each prune, try to seal it well to get a nicely shaped chocolate sweet. Line a baking tin or a large plate with baking paper. Break chocolate into squares and place in a double - boiler*. Bring water to a bare simmer. Stir chocolate using a balloon whisk or a spoon to help it melt. Once all the chocolate has melted, remove from heat. Using a spoon, dip one walnut-stuffed prune into the melted chocolate, roll it around to evenly cover it, remove and place on the baking paper. Continue with the rest of the prunes. Sprinkle some finely chopped walnuts on top of these chocolate sweets to make them look even more attractive. Leave to cool and firm up. Store in an airtight container in a cool & dry place. How long will it last? Probably until tomorrow.

* double boiler is a set of a saucepan and a bowl stacked on top of one another. To make a double boiler, pour in some water in a small saucepan and place a heatproof bowl over it (bottom of the bowl should not touch the water). 

NOTE: 16 sweets is only an approximate. Depending on the size of your prunes as well as walnuts, you might end up with less or more sweets. 

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DID YOU TRY IT?

Best achievement to me is seeing other people try my recipes. If you make this, please let me know what you think by leaving a comment below or tag @kitchen.julie #kitchenjulie on instagram. I'd love to hear your opinion!