Chocolate, Almond & Damson Slab

Adapted from a recipe by Maggie Beer

in Maggie's Kitchen


100g (3.5 oz) pitted gin-soaked damsons (see notes below for alternative)

(just pull the damsons apart with your fingers until you have 100g of flesh - they will easily come away from the stones)

100g blanched almonds

200g (7 oz) dark chocolate (70% cocoa solids)

(I used Whittakers Dark Ghana)

1/3 cup cream

20g (.7 oz) butter

Note:  if you don't have the damsons, you will need 100g of pitted prunes and 50ml (1.7 fl oz) of sweet sherry

Pre-heat your oven to 200 degrees C (400 degrees F).

Spread the almonds in a single layer on a baking tray and roast in the pre-heated oven until they are golden brown - approximately 10 minutes.  Remove from the oven, cool and then chop roughly.

Note:  If using prunes, soak them in the sherry until they have soaked up all the liquid, then chop roughly.

Chop the chocolate roughly, and put into a heatproof bowl with the cream and butter.  Set the bowl over a gently simmering pan of water, stirring occasionally, until melted and glossy.

Add the damsons (or prunes) and almonds to the melted chocolate mixture, and stir to combine.

Pour the mixture onto a baking tray lined with non-stick baking paper.  Spread evenly into a slab, and refrigerate until set - about 1 hour.

Once set, break into pieces and serve with coffee or dessert wine.  I served mine with damson gin - what else?!  Store in a cool, dark place (not the refrigerator) in a sealed, airtight container.