I have some shocking news for you. You may need to sit down. Brace yourself.
I need to tell you something that even I found - still find - hard to believe. Are you ready?
There are, incredibly, some people who do not like prunes. I know. I was astounded too.
Even prunes so plumptious and rich from wallowing in sticky-sweet Tia Maria for a few days. Even prunes made even more decadent by a coating of smooth dark chocolate. Perfectly sinful mouthfuls of oh-my-goodness. But yes, there are some people (and you know who you are) who are not seduced by a prune in all this glory.
I am shocked - but also pleased...
More for me.
Boozy chocolate prunes
Adapted from 'Chocolate Magic' by Kate Shirazi.
- Place 12 pitted prunes in a ceramic or glass bowl and pour enough Tia Maria (or your other favourite chocolate-friendly alcohol) over the prunes to just cover them. Cover the bowl with cling wrap and leave in a cool place or the fridge for a few days. Give the bowl a swirl every now and then to ensure the prunes get evenly soaked.
- When you are ready to make the chocolates, drain the prunes as best you can. Then drink the Tia Maria!
- Once drained, poke each prune with a walnut piece, blanched almond or natural almond.
- Prep a tray or plate wth a sheet of baking paper.
- Now, gently melt 100 gms of Lindt 70% chocolate.
- Using a couple of forks, add each prune to the melted chocolate. Move it around to coat, then lift it, drain any excess chocolate, and place it on the prepped tray. Repeat with remaining prunes. You'll probably have some chocolate left over - pour it over a bowl of good vanilla ice cream. Or just lick the bowl.
- Back to to prunes: allow to set (but don't refridgerate) and keep in a cool dark place. They last surprisingly well, too (all that preserving booze) but I'm sure you will eat them very quickly!