These tempered dark chocolate Mendiants discs are healthy dark chocolate disks topped with your choice of nuts, seeds and dried fruits or spices. A sprinkle of hot pepper or turmeric can give those a nice kick too. You can get creative with your toppings and mix/match as you wish. Once you start snacking on those it gets hard to stop! Tempering the chocolate may take some patience but the result is well worth it. Adding a sprinkle of quality salt brings out the rich dark chocolate flavor. Read the instructions below for more details on how to properly temper the chocolate. I promise it’s not as challenging as it may sound.
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Dark Chocolate Mendiants
To temper the chocolate, start with at least 10 oz chocolate of your choice. Choose a vegan chocolate with 70-72% Cocoa for best results. Finely about 75% of the chocolate and keep the remaining chocolate in larger pieces (this is called "the seeds"). This amount is necessary because it's difficult to temper smaller amounts of chocolate.
Heat water in a small saucepan over medium-low heat and bring to a gentle simmer. Place the finely chopped chocolate in a heat-proof bowl and melt over the water bath, stirring once or twice until melted or mostly melted.
Whisk in the larger pieces of the chocolate you set aside ("the seeds") into the melted chocolate until they are melted or almost completely melted.
Line a baking sheet with plastic wrap or parchment paper.
Tempered chocolate sets very quickly so make sure to have all of your topping ingredients ready before starting.
Drop tablespoonfuls of the tempered chocolate onto the sheet and use the back of a spoon to spread it out to approximately 2-inch rounds. Don't put too many on the sheet to ensure that the chocolate doesn't set before the toppings are added.
Top your chocolate Mendiants with your choice of nuts, seeds and dried fruits and finish with a small pinch of quality salt if desired.
Allow to harden at room temperature, or refrigerate the tray for faster setting. The Mendiants can be refrigerate in an airtight container or for up to four days.