A Mendiant is a traditional French confection, composed of a chocolate disc, studded with nuts and dried fruits, representing the four mendicant or monastic orders of the Dominicans, Augustinians, Franciscans and Carmelites. Each of the nuts and dried fruits used refer to the color of monastic robes, with tradition dictating raisins for the Dominicans, hazelnut for the Augustins, dried fig for Franciscans and almond for Carmelite. Usually found during Christmas, recipes for this confection have veered away from the traditional combination of nuts and fruits to other combinations incorporating seeds, fruit peels and other items.(Courtesy: Wikipedia)
Mendiants are ideal give away gifts during any festive occasion
- 200 gms Dark chocolate chopped
- as required Dry fruits
- Melt the chopped chocolates in a double boiler .
- Using a tablespoon, pour a spoonful of the melted chocolate on a parchment paper.
- The chocolate should spread out into circles.
- Carefully place the dry fruits of your choice on the disc.
- Let it cool completely.
- Remove the Mendiants carefully from the parchment paper.
- Store in an airtight container between layers of wax paper in a refrigerator.
- This recipe yielded 12 mendiants.