Chocolate & Chestnut
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VEGAN, GLUTEN-FREE, DAIRY-FREE

This is a luxurious, rich, chocolatey delight with roasted nuts, dried fruits and a complex combination of flavours. It’s not something I’d indulge in everyday, but at this time of year it’s a pleasure to make and share with friends and family. If you’re not feeding a crowd, then a couple of slices wrapped up in lovely packaging would make a gorgeous gift, too.

You don’t need to specifically use the fruit and nuts I’ve listed. You could try pistachio and apricots for a Middle Eastern take, for example, or figs and hazelnuts are also a great match. Enjoy!

serves 18-20 


INGREDIENTS

You will need a standard loaf tin, or terrine tin.

80g nuts (pistachio, hazelnut, macadamia or pecan)
300g raw chocolate, broken into pieces.
2 tbsp honey or maple syrup
pinch of salt
240g whole, pre-cooked chestnuts, unsweetened
1 tsp vanilla extract
140g dried fruit chopped (prunes, figs or apricots)
Zest of half an orange

 


STEP-BY-STEP

Preheat oven to 200oC / 180 oC fan. Put the nuts on a tray and roast for about 6-8 minutes until golden and aromatic, then remove and leave to cool before roughly chopping.

Place a heatproof bowl over a saucepan of barely simmering water and add the chocolate. Allow it to slowly melt.

Meanwhile, put the chestnuts and vanilla essence into a food processor and pulse until it resembles fine breadcrumbs. Combine in a bowl with the honey or maple syrup, dried fruit, orange zest and toasted nuts. Stir in the melted chocolate.

Lay a large double layer of cling film over a regular sized loaf tin (or terrine dish) with overhang on both sides and ends. Spoon the mixture evenly into the tin and smooth the surface down with the back of a spoon. Fold the extra cling film over the top to cover and leave to set in the fridge for at least 4 hours, ideally overnight. Remove from the fridge 30 minutes before serving (to soften) and cut into thin slices.


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