We have been snowed in for the longest period in the past ten years. Schools were closed for a total of 8 days in two weeks and it’s not clear if we are done yet. Inevitably, our schedules have been messed up. We spent Valentine’s day at home with the car blocked in the garage and not much of opportunity to prepare something special for my little ones. Vicky from tastefull.gr came to the rescue once more with her very simple recipe for chocolates. You mix melted chocolate with sweet condensed milt, squeeze little chocolates and top them with Greek traditional “spoon desserts”. I had a good collection in hand: orange, kumquat and cherry. I liked the combination with orange and kumquat the best. It took me a long time before I decided to equip our kitchen with a bain marie pot (double boiler) and a dessert decorator tool but now they came handy and were very much appreciated.
Ingredients (for about 45 chocolates)
- 500 grams chocolate (75% cocoa), cut in pieces
- 2 cans of sweetened, condensed milk
- any collection of Greek traditional “spoon desserts”, dry fruit, and/or walnuts
- (not included in the calorie count)
How to make: Fill the bottom pan of a double boiler with water, half-way. Pour the sweetened milk in the top pot. Vicky’s recipe suggests one can but that was not enough for my chocolate so I added two. You may want to start with one, especially if you use more milky chocolate. When the milk is heated, add the chocolate and stir until it’s melted. Let it cool off just slightly. Fill a dessert decorator with the chocolate, pick your favorite decoration tip and squeeze chocolate bits on a pan. I lined mine with silicone pads but you can use parchment paper if you don’t have silicone pads. Cut the “spoon dessert” fruits in small pieces and stick them on top. I sliced the oranges and kuquat but not the cherries. Put the chocolates in the fridge for couple of hours and serve! Keep the rest in the fridge.
If you do not have a double boiler, how can you do these? Second question: what if you pour the mixture in cookie cutters will that work?
I wouldn’t use cookie cutters with this chocolate mixture but if you have a silicone or other pans with small shapes, by all means use them. See Vicky’s photos and instructions at tastefull.gr. As for the double boiler, before I got mine I melted chocolate in the microwave oven. You have to do that not in high power and check along the way so the chocolate doesn’t get burnt but it can certainly be done. So, heat the sweetened milk, melt the chocolate in the microwave oven and then combine them.