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Chocolate Walnut Pastries

4 Star, Tarts & Pastries | 3rd February 2013 | By

I have a house full of chocolate spread, now how wonderful is that? Luckily, I have lots of ideas on how to use it. It’s been more years than I care to count since I last had chocolate spread, so how come I have a house full of it now?

Atkins and Potts have recently redesigned their packaging and introduced some new products to their range, so sent me some to try. I shall be doing a full review and giveaway in due course, but these chocolate walnut pastries using the luxury milk chocolate spread are a start. I wasn’t really sure what to call these little delights. Are they tarts? Are they mini pies? Are they biscuits? Not being at all sure, I’ve opted for pastries.

This is how I made them:

Chocolate Walnut Pastries Recipe

  • Pulsed 50g walnuts in my food processor until roughly chopped.
  • Added 75g wholemeal spelt flour, 75g plain flour and 1/2 tsp baking powder.
  • Added 75g golden caster sugar
  • Added 50g butter and pulsed until mixture resembled breadcrumbs.
  • Broke in 1 duck egg and 1 tbsp water and pulsed some more.
  • Transferred mixture into a bowl, then brought it together with my hands to form a ball.
  • Left in my cool kitchen overnight (1/2 hr in fridge should be fine).
  • Rolled the pastry out to abut 1/4 cm thickness.
  • Cut 4 10 cm diameter circles out using the top of my tart tins and put to one side.
  • Re-rolled the pastry and cut 4 more circles to line the tart cases, using the off cuts to fill in any gaps.
  • Spread 2 heaped teaspoonfuls of milk chocolate spread over each base.
  • Topped with the pastry circles and pressed the sides in to seal.
  • Brushed each one with milk & placed a walnut half on top of each one.
  • Baked at 180C for 20 minutes until golden.
  • Left to cool then dusted with icing sugar.

We ate these cold, but I’m very sure they would have been delicious eaten warm with clotted cream or ice-cream or just on their own. In fact, these would be perfect for a cosy Valentine’s supper. I was delighted by the pastry which was beautifully crumbly, rich and walnutty. The chocolate spread oozed out of the middle in a rather seductive way and I just couldn’t resist. No wonder they didn’t last long.

So, as one of these would be perfect for sharing, I am entering it into Tea for Two, a Virtual Valentine Bake Off event over at Homemade by Fleur.

 

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    belleau kitchen
    3rd February 2013

    Oh My Gawd C these look totally divine! I’m loving that pastry recipe so much. It sounds incredible and I must get me some of that spread. Oh yes!

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      Choclette
      6th February 2013

      Aww, thanks Dom. They were pretty wondrous and if you’re not greedy like us, just perfect for sharing šŸ˜‰

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    Rachel Lucas
    3rd February 2013

    These look & sound absolutely divine!! I adore walnuts, so that’s a great start…and anything short & crumbly too! Will be making for dessert tonight, definitely. Have a great day, hope all is good with you x

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      Choclette
      6th February 2013

      Oh Rachel, you are lovely. So glad they inspired you to make your wonderful cookies.

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    Vivian Pang
    3rd February 2013

    Looks good! The pastry sure good to go with any sweet filling. Thanks for sharing!

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      Choclette
      6th February 2013

      You’re right Vivian, these would be really good with a nice homemade jam too.

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      Choclette
      6th February 2013

      Luckily for us Kate, chocolate is a real star; it goes with just about everything šŸ˜‰

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    Jen Price
    3rd February 2013

    They sound wonderful. I’ve not tried wholemeal flour in a sweet pastry before, something I should really try. Also love the walnut and chocolate spread combo, they’d be gone in a flash here!

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      Choclette
      6th February 2013

      I grew up with wholemeal flour, it’s white flour which is still a novelty for me šŸ™‚

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      Choclette
      6th February 2013

      Not much point having a chocolate blog if you can’t live the dream šŸ˜‰

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    Caroline
    3rd February 2013

    They’re very pretty indeed – your pastry looks delicious. And a house full of chocolate spread can never be a bad thing. I’d be interested in recommendations for chocolate spread without nuts though – you don’t see very much of it or it tends to be made using lower quality ingredients….

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      Choclette
      6th February 2013

      These Atkins and Potts are pretty good Caroline and NO NUTS. I’ve reviewed them on my next post.

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    Gloria
    3rd February 2013

    these look amazing and really delicious I love walnuts!!

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    Janice Pattie
    3rd February 2013

    Those look very good indeed. I love how simple the outside seems only to reveal a gooey chocolate spread filling!

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    Susan Lindquist
    3rd February 2013

    Wowzers! These look just soo very beautiful and rich! Love that light brown crusty with the pretty walnut embellishment! So classic looking!

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      Choclette
      6th February 2013

      Thank you Susan, I am, errr, rather partial to rich chocolate pastries šŸ™‚

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    laura@howtocookgoodfood
    3rd February 2013

    What a brilliant idea. That chocolate spread melting out from warm nutty pastry sounds just about perfect. I am interested in finding out more about this lovely chocolate spread and there is nothing better than home made treats such as these šŸ™‚

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      Choclette
      6th February 2013

      Thank you Laura, I so wished I’d tried these warm now. Having said that, I now have a perfect excuse to make them again. These are definitely on my make again and again list.

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    Phil in the Kitchen
    3rd February 2013

    Delicious-looking treats. You’re making me crave chocolate spread. I can’t remember the last time I had any.

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      Choclette
      6th February 2013

      Probably as long ago as me Phil. Somehow, it doesn’t seem very adult to eat chocolate spread :-S

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    thelittleloaf
    4th February 2013

    These look amazing! Did you find it quite a lot of pastry and chocolate spread to get through, or are they the perfect single portion size? I can’t quite work out how big they are from the pics!

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      Choclette
      4th February 2013

      Well depends on the person as to perfect portion size. Being piggies CT and I were happy to eat a whole one each. They are about 10 cm diameter on top and 8 cm diameter at bottom.

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    celia
    4th February 2013

    Oh, don’t they look nice!! So pretty with the walnut half decorating the top! Perfect for Valentine’s Day, as you say! x

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      Choclette
      9th February 2013

      Thank you Celia, if I didn’t have cake club on Valentine’s Day, I’d be very tempted to make them again šŸ™‚

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    Poyma
    5th February 2013

    oh yummy yum yum! Walnut & Chocolate a classic combo!

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    Katharine
    5th February 2013

    What a gorgeous combination! The walnut pastry sounds incredible and goes so well with the liquid chocolate filling – delicious!

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      Choclette
      9th February 2013

      Thanks Katharine – the filling oozing out over crumbly pastry was really rather special, if very naughty šŸ˜‰

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      Choclette
      9th February 2013

      Thanks Caroline. Trying to classify these was really rather difficult – a pastry biscuit sounds good to me šŸ™‚

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    cityhippyfarmgirl
    5th February 2013

    Now these little round goodies of deliciousness seem to have my name written all over them. How good does that sound! Thanks Choc!

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      Choclette
      9th February 2013

      Haha, you’re very welcome Brydie and I’m very happy to write your name all over them šŸ˜€

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    Johanna GGG
    16th February 2013

    I love these already without tasting them and I have chocolate spread in my kitchen unexpectedly that is crying out for this recipe!

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    Lucy Taylor
    18th February 2013

    These look absolutely beautiful, like something out of a French patisserie! I bet they taste as good too!

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    Dee Johnson
    25th February 2013

    Wow, I will never think of chocolate spread as just being something my youngest will only eat on sandwiches… yuk. I like you have a home full of it and never ever thought of using it in cooking. Thanks for this, its a great idea.

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