TARTINE DI CIOCCOLATA E PRUGNE SECCHE or SMALL CHOCOLATE AND PRUNE TARTS

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Prunes. Neither glamorous, nor stylish and rather underrated in my opinion. I think that a soft prune easily beats a date or maybe even a dried fig. Prunes are less sweet than dates and have a more complex taste and yet they are rarely mentioned in cookbooks and on lists of likes, well maybe they turn up on lists of don’t likes and that is always something. I have always liked prunes but then I have never been force-fed any strange prune dishes as a child, I often eat them as they are but right now I have this new (to me) combination of flavours that really makes me happy: prunes and chocolate. I open a prune and sneak in a piece of dark chocolate and then I pop it into my mouth and just enjoy myself. It’s addictive. But it has a flaw, the prune acts as an isolating coat which means that the chocolate doesn’t melt easily and you have to chew so I went to bed the other night thinking about how to solve this problem. I didn’t sleep very well and when I suddenly woke up I knew what to do, my brain had come up with the recipe for these small chocolate and prune cakes. Simple and fast. And good. I use very little sugar in this cake because both the chocolate and the prunes are sweet in themselves.

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But before you start even thinking about making one there are two things that I want to mention: one is the Menu for Hope, to see what my prize is, see yesterdays post here. Do buy raffle tickets, there are so many wonderful prizes so it’s definitely worth to take a chance and at the same time give money to a good and important cause! And then this years Food Blog Awards have been announced so it’s time to nominate your favourite food blogs, this years there are some new interesting categories, if you are interested click here. There’s time until Friday.

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TARTINE DI CIOCCOLATA E PRUGNE SECCHE or SMALL CHOCOLATE AND PRUNE TARTS
8 pieces

2 eggs
50 ml/ 0.2 cup sugar
100 g / 3.5 oz butter
100 ml/ 0.4 cup flour
100 g / 3.5 oz dark quality chocolate
6-7 large prunes, chopped

– Whisk egg and sugar while the butter and the chocolate melts in a small pan on very low heat.
– Add the chocolate butter and chopped prunes into the to the batter and stir until smooth.
– Sift the flour into the batter and continue to stir until creamy and smooth.
– Spoon it into the small cake tins, I used silicon cup cake ‘sheets’, and bake in a pre-heated oven (200° C / 390° F) for 8-10 minutes, they should be very soft in the middle!

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