I have a house full of chocolate spread, now how wonderful is that? Luckily, I have lots of ideas on how to use it, including baking a batch of chocolate walnut pastries. 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 they 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. What would you call them?
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 chocolate walnut pastries 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 they 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 chocolate walnut pastries would be perfect for sharing, I am entering them into Tea for Two, a Virtual Valentine Bake Off event over at Homemade by Fleur.