As Thanksgiving approaches, bakers everywhere are gearing up to create a feast of delectable desserts that capture the essence of the season. Our journey today takes us into the heart of French-inspired baking with a quintessentially French recipe, perfectly suited for your Thanksgiving dessert lineup with its adorable acorn shape.
This recipe goes perfectly with our brand new Silpat® Thanksgiving Half Size Baking Mat, a limited edition gem that infuses precision and celebration into every creation. Before we dive into the delightful world of festive chocolate treats, let's explore what makes Silpat® an essential tool for this holiday baking season.
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Now, armed with the knowledge of what sets Silpat® apart, let's dive into a delectable French-inspired recipe that combines precision, elegance, and the festive spirit of Thanksgiving.
French Chocolate Mendiants Recipe
Preparation time: 20 minutes
- 1 cup milk chocolate chips
- 1 cup pecan nuts
- 12 pistachios
- 5 tablespoons sugar
Caramelizing the Pecans: Begin by adding the sugar and pecans to a saucepan. Allow them to cook until the sugar transforms into a luscious caramel, coating the pecans in a sweet glaze. This step not only adds a delightful crunch but also infuses a rich caramel flavor into our French-inspired chocolate creation.
Melting the Chocolate: While the pecans are caramelizing, melt the milk chocolate chips using a double-boiler. The gentle heat ensures a smooth and velvety texture, perfect for our festive chocolate treats.
Drawing Shapes with the Silpat® Thanksgiving Half Size Baking Mat: Lay out the Silpat® Thanksgiving Half Size Baking Mat on your baking sheet, showcasing its limited edition design. With a piping bag filled with the melted chocolate, skillfully draw the desired shapes on the mat. The Thanksgiving-themed pattern adds a touch of elegance to your creations, making them visually appealing for your holiday spread.
Decorating with Pecans and Pistachios: Once the chocolate shapes are drawn, it's time to bring in the star ingredients. Place two caramelized pecans, one pistachio, and one caramelized walnut on each chocolate piece, creating a harmonious blend of flavors and textures. The combination of the smooth chocolate, crunchy nuts, and sweet caramel makes for a truly indulgent Thanksgiving treat.
Setting in the Refrigerator: Allow your chocolate creations to set in the refrigerator, giving the flavors and textures time to meld together. This step ensures that each bite is a perfect balance of sweetness, nuttiness, and chocolatey goodness, creating a dessert that will be the talk of your Thanksgiving celebration.
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