Today’s recipe is a really festive one; it is a Christmas chocolate tree with almonds and dried figs, to decorate your home and/or your holiday table. And at the end you’ll eat it! And it is delicious! 😉 It is a perfact hostess gift, as well.
It is not hard to make, as long as you follow my instructions. Do not get intimidated by the length of the instructions. I tried to be as thorough as I can so you won’t encounter any difficulties.
But this is not the only recipe I recommend to you today. Some other food bloggers and I decided to join every two months, to present to you the best recipes we can. Last time we had pumpkin as a theme. This time all the recipes are festive to match with the season’s mood and you will find them at the end of this post.
- • 500 g. dark chocolate, in pieces
- • 140 g. almond slivers
- • 95 g. dried figs, finely chopped
- • 100 g. dark chocolate (extra, to glue branches together)
- • 2 teaspoons powdered sugar
- • grated coconut, for decoration (optional)
- • a pastry tray (for cakes) diameter approx. 27 cm. (optional)
- Spread the almonds in a pan lined with parchment paper and roast in oven at 150o C, for about 10-15 minutes until flavorful and golden. Allow to cool.
- Melt 500 grams. of dark chocolate in a bain marie.
- Line 2 to 3 baking trays with greaseproof paper and mark on 9 crosses measuring: 7 cm, 9 cm, 11 cm, 13 cm, 14 cm, 15 cm, 16 cm, 17 cm and 18 cm, leaving a space of 3 cm. approximately in between.
- Mix the chocolate, almonds and figs and drop teaspoonfuls of the mixture onto the designed crosses (see photo). Make sure the thickness of crosses is uniform so as not to break when you'll loosen the paper later. Moreover, make sure the point in the center of crosses to be as smooth as possible so the branches touch well on top of one another and do not lean.
- After you cover all the crosses with the mixture, put the pans in the refrigerator for at least 3 hours, or overnight.
- Melt 100 g chocolate in a bain marie.
- Assemble the tree by placing the largest cross in the center of the disc. Drop about a teaspoon of melted chocolate into the center of the cross and place the next smallest cross on it. Do the same with all the other crosses.
- At the top end with a small star or a whole almond coated with chocolate, which is secured in the same manner.
- Place the tree in the refrigerator until chocolate between the branches is stabilized.
- Dust some of the icing sugar in the twigs and / or sprinkle the plate with grated coconut.
- Note: To secure the chocolate Christmas tree on the disk, spread a teaspoon of the melted chocolate into the center of the disk and place the first, larger, cross on it.
Happy Holidays to all!
Below are the suggestions of other food bloggers:
Eat Yourself Greek: Pumpkin Soup
Elena’s Cooking: Brussels’ Sprouts with Bacon (Greek)
Cook and Feel: Christmas Cookies
Pandora’s Kitchen: Baklava Pie (Greek)
Νεανικόν: Panettone (Greek)
Real Family Food: New Year’s Greek Traditional Cake with coconut sugar, almonds and anthotiro GF (Greek)
Το μυαλό στο φαγητό: Sesame & Raisin Cookies (Greek)
Wonderfoodland: Feta, Honey and Lemon Pancakes (Greek)