What is a mendiant you ask? At the Gygi Chocolate Extravaganza you will learn all about mendiants and chocolate tempering.
A mendiant is a traditional French confection composed of a chocolate disk studded with nuts and dried fruits representing the four mendicant or monastic orders of the Domincans, Augustinians, Fransciscans, and Carmelites. Each of the nuts and dried fruits used refer to the color of monastic robes with tradition dictating raisins for the Dominicans, hazelnut for the Augustins, dried fig for Franciscans, and almond for Carmelite. Usually found during Christmas, recipes for this confection have veered away from the traditional combination of nuts and fruits to other combinations incorporating seeds, fruit peels and other items.”
Here’s the recipe we made at this years Chocolate Extravaganza: