Méndiants with Red Berries and Amaretti d’Italia Macaroons

SERVINGS: 8-10 people
AUTHOR: Matilde Vicenzi

Dear friends, do you know Méndiants? They are French confections composed of a chocolate disk studded with nuts and dried fruits: they are so beautiful and colourful that they always cheer me up! That’s why I want to propose my version with bitter chocolate, crumbled Amaretti d’Italia macaroons and red berries.  Please let me know when you try them!


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300g dark chocolate

Amaretti d’Italia macaroons

dried red berries

Goji berries

dried apricots


To prepare Méndiants, let’s start with the procedure known as “tempering” of chocolate.  Coarsely chop the dark chocolate.  Put ⅓ in a bowl and ⅔ in another. Melt the latter baine marie or in the microwave for 1 minute at maximum power.

When the melted chocolate has reached a temperature of 45-50°C gradually add the remaining chopped chocolate (this operation is called ‘seeding’). Continue stirring until all the chocolate has melted to lower the temperature.

When the temperature is 31-32°C, arrange the chocolate on a tin covered with baking paper forming disks of about 4-5cm diameter. Before the chocolate has crystallised, top the disks with some crumbled macacoons, red berries, Goji berries and dried apricots. Allow the Méndiants to solidify at room temperature in a dry place.  This will take about 20 minutes.