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    Christmas Chocolate Tree

    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.

    Christmas Chocolate Tree
    Serves 28
    A Christmas tree made with chocolate, almionds and dried figs. A special way to decorate your house, or offer it as a gift
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    Prep Time
    45 min
    Total Time
    45 min
    Prep Time
    45 min
    Total Time
    45 min
    163 calories
    15 g
    1 g
    11 g
    2 g
    5 g
    30 g
    3 g
    10 g
    0 g
    5 g
    Nutrition Facts
    Serving Size
    30g
    Servings
    28
    Amount Per Serving
    Calories 163
    Calories from Fat 96
    % Daily Value *
    Total Fat 11g
    17%
    Saturated Fat 5g
    25%
    Trans Fat 0g
    Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
    Monounsaturated Fat 4g
    Cholesterol 1mg
    0%
    Sodium 3mg
    0%
    Total Carbohydrates 15g
    5%
    Dietary Fiber 3g
    10%
    Sugars 10g
    Protein 2g
    Vitamin A
    0%
    Vitamin C
    0%
    Calcium
    3%
    Iron
    9%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
    Ingredients
    1. • 500 g. dark chocolate, in pieces
    2. • 140 g. almond slivers
    3. • 95 g. dried figs, finely chopped
    4. • 100 g. dark chocolate (extra, to glue branches together)
    5. • 2 teaspoons powdered sugar
    6. • grated coconut, for decoration (optional)
    7. • a pastry tray (for cakes) diameter approx. 27 cm. (optional)
    Instructions
    1. 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.
    2. Melt 500 grams. of dark chocolate in a bain marie.
    3. 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.
    4. 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.
    5. After you cover all the crosses with the mixture, put the pans in the refrigerator for at least 3 hours, or overnight.
    6. Melt 100 g chocolate in a bain marie.
    7. 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.
    8. At the top end with a small star or a whole almond coated with chocolate, which is secured in the same manner.
    9. Place the tree in the refrigerator until chocolate between the branches is stabilized.
    10. Dust some of the icing sugar in the twigs and / or sprinkle the plate with grated coconut.
    Notes
    1. 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.
    Adapted from The Australian Women's Weekly, "Christmas Cooking"
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    calories
    163
    fat
    11g
    protein
    2g
    carbs
    15g
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    Adapted from The Australian Women's Weekly, "Christmas Cooking"
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    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)

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