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Chocolate Walnut Pastries

Chocolate Walnut Pastries

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.
Walnut Chocolate Pastries

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.

 

57 Comments

  1. belleau kitchen

    3rd February 2013 at 8:32 am

    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 at 6:35 pm

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

      Reply
  2. Rachel Lucas

    3rd February 2013 at 11:37 am

    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 at 6:37 pm

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

      Reply
  3. Vivian Pang

    3rd February 2013 at 12:44 pm

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

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    • Choclette

      6th February 2013 at 6:38 pm

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

      Reply
  4. Angie's Recipes

    3rd February 2013 at 1:17 pm

    Love these walnut pastries..they look fabulous!

    Reply
  5. Christian Halfmann

    3rd February 2013 at 1:31 pm

    Oh, oh, they look so wonderful and … I need to check my supply of chocolate spread.

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    • Choclette

      6th February 2013 at 6:44 pm

      And did you find any Chocolate spread Chris?

      Reply
  6. Kate@whatkatebaked

    3rd February 2013 at 2:50 pm

    I’m sure they didn’t last long!! What a delightful combination with the walnut and chocolate.

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    • Choclette

      6th February 2013 at 6:46 pm

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

      Reply
  7. Jen Price

    3rd February 2013 at 4:06 pm

    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!

    Reply
    • Choclette

      6th February 2013 at 6:48 pm

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

      Reply
  8. The Caked Crusader

    3rd February 2013 at 5:00 pm

    I have some wholemeal spelt left – what a fab way to use it!

    Reply
  9. kerrycooks

    3rd February 2013 at 5:03 pm

    A house full of chocolate spread… you’re living the dream!

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    • Choclette

      6th February 2013 at 6:50 pm

      Not much point having a chocolate blog if you can’t live the dream 😉

      Reply
  10. Caroline

    3rd February 2013 at 5:06 pm

    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 at 6:52 pm

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

      Reply
  11. Gloria

    3rd February 2013 at 5:57 pm

    these look amazing and really delicious I love walnuts!!

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    • Choclette

      6th February 2013 at 6:54 pm

      Thank you Gloria, walnuts really are wonderful.

      Reply
  12. Janice Pattie

    3rd February 2013 at 7:02 pm

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

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    • Choclette

      6th February 2013 at 6:54 pm

      Thanks Janice – they were a good foil for each other.

      Reply
  13. Susan Lindquist

    3rd February 2013 at 7:38 pm

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

    Reply
    • Choclette

      6th February 2013 at 6:57 pm

      Thank you Susan, I am, errr, rather partial to rich chocolate pastries 🙂

      Reply
  14. Jacqueline Meldrum

    3rd February 2013 at 8:21 pm

    Oh my goodness those look good Choclette. I would never have thought of that. You are a genius lady!

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    • Choclette

      6th February 2013 at 6:58 pm

      Thanks Jac *blushes hugely*.

      Reply
  15. Charlotte Charlotte'sKitchenDiary

    3rd February 2013 at 9:38 pm

    How delicious. I’m really interested to read your review of the chocolate spread, too : )

    Reply
    • Choclette

      6th February 2013 at 7:00 pm

      Thanks Charlotte. I’ve posted the review now.

      Reply
  16. laura@howtocookgoodfood

    3rd February 2013 at 10:18 pm

    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 🙂

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    • Choclette

      6th February 2013 at 7:03 pm

      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.

      Reply
  17. Phil in the Kitchen

    3rd February 2013 at 10:36 pm

    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 at 7:16 pm

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

      Reply
  18. thelittleloaf

    4th February 2013 at 1:43 pm

    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 at 8:19 pm

      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.

      Reply
  19. Maggie

    4th February 2013 at 2:47 pm

    These look really delicious and such a good idea too.

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  20. Carli Alice

    4th February 2013 at 7:05 pm

    These look terrific! I’ll need to check out the chocolate spread.

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    • Choclette

      9th February 2013 at 8:37 pm

      Be careful, that chocolate spread is dangerous stuff 😉

      Reply
  21. celia

    4th February 2013 at 8:56 pm

    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 at 8:39 pm

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

      Reply
  22. Poyma

    5th February 2013 at 1:38 am

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

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    • Choclette

      9th February 2013 at 8:40 pm

      Thanks Poyma, yes a lovely combination indeed.

      Reply
  23. Katharine

    5th February 2013 at 9:20 am

    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 at 8:41 pm

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

      Reply
  24. Caroline - All That I'm Eating

    5th February 2013 at 11:11 am

    This sounds so good! I love that it’s almost a pastry biscuit with a gooey lovely middle.

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    • Choclette

      9th February 2013 at 8:42 pm

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

      Reply
  25. cityhippyfarmgirl

    5th February 2013 at 8:00 pm

    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 at 8:43 pm

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

      Reply
  26. Alida

    7th February 2013 at 8:47 pm

    I’d love a bite of this tart! Sooo yummy!

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    • Choclette

      9th February 2013 at 8:44 pm

      Only one bite Alida? Surely you could manage two 😉

      Reply
  27. Johanna GGG

    16th February 2013 at 1:49 pm

    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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  28. Lucy Taylor

    18th February 2013 at 8:25 am

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

    Reply
  29. happy rainbow

    21st February 2013 at 7:20 pm

    very unusual worth a try 🙂

    Reply
  30. Dee Johnson

    25th February 2013 at 12:06 pm

    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.

    Reply

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