Saturday, 12 March 2016

Lapsang souchong, red wine & sea salt dark chocolate covered prunes

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Lapsang souchong, red wine & sea salt dark chocolate covered prunes

My recipe for lapsang souchong, red wine and sea salt dark chocolate covered prunes is inspired by the Polish sweet treat, śliwka w czekoladzie (chocolate covered candied dried plums/prunes). A Polish delicacy and a real family favourite too. 

In my version I soak the prunes over night, to both plump them up and add another level of flavour. I am a big fan of smoked flavours in food and drink and love to use this in my cooking. From smoky single malt whiskys, smoked meat and fish, to the Chinese black tea - lapsang souchong. 

The complex mixture of smoky lapsang souchong tea, fruity red wine and dark chocolate is lifted by the orange zest, tangy sea salt, and jammy sweetness of the prunesDelicious after dinner treats, that make a lovely homemade food gift too. An alternative chocolate gift for giving at Easter time, or a way of using up leftover chocolate eggs (which I can't say is ever a problem in this house!). 

Ingredients: 
250g large stoned prunes (I used Agen prunes) 
1 tsp lapsang souchong tea leaves
200ml boiling water 
200ml red wine 
zest of 1 orange

To coat the prunes: 
300g dark chocolate (I used 60% cocoa)
sea salt flakes 

Method:

Add the boiling water to the lapsang souchong tea leaves. Brew the tea for 5 minutes, strain and leave to cool. Mix with the red wine and orange zest and add the prunes. Leave to soak overnight (or minimum 4-5 hours). 

The next day drain the prunes and pat them dry with kitchen paper. Make sure the prunes are as dry as possible so it's easier for the melted chocolate to coat them properly.

Break the chocolate into pieces and melt in a heatproof bowl over a pan of gently simmering water.

Prepare a baking sheet/plate with grease proof paper. Dip the prunes into the chocolate making sure they are fully coated. Use a skewer or fork to remove and leave to set on the prepared baking sheet. 

Sprinkle the chocolate covered prunes with a pinch of sea salt and leave to set completely before serving. 

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13 comments:

  1. What an unusual treat, I've no tried anything like this before but they sounds lovely.

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  2. Thank you so much for stopping by. I can definitely recommend them :)

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  3. These sound so exotic and delicious, thank you for entering into Treat Petite!

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    1. thank you Kat - so easy to make too. Thanks for hosting :)

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  4. Ooh I love prunes anyway and made this way they sound delicious.

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    1. thank you - can definitely recommend them :)

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  5. This look very exciting (: Thanks for the ideas x
    #happyandhome

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    1. thanks so much - you are very welcome. Thank you for stopping by too.

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  6. This sounds interesting - is the tea a very strong flavour in these? I find it hard to drink, but it's a favourite of MOH's so he'd definitely love these #happyandhome

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    1. Thanks Stephanie. It is not too strong for my taste, and adds a smoky flavour. You could make a weaker tea or soak for less time and taste. It's not as strong as drinking it as the red wine and sweetness of the prunes counters it...

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  7. They look so decadently delicious! Thanks for linking up to #tastytuesdays

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    1. thanks so much - and easy to make too. You can mix up the flavours too - using different teas for example.

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  8. Oooh, never thought of putting any two of these flavours together before, and I'm really intrigued! In fact I don't think I've ever eaten prunes as a snack, shall have to pick some up next time I'm out :)
    Thanks so much for sharing with Tea Time Treats!
    Janie x

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