Chocolate Covered Walnuts

I’ve been experimenting with chocolate and melting it to make candy, pour over ice-cream, dip with muffins and generally just melting chocolate. It’s pretty fun. I do believe I have become a chocolate-pyromaniac. Such happiness while watching chocolate break down and change form.

I had half a kilogram of walnuts just sitting in my cupboard, and I figured it was time to coat them in chocolate. I used a cup-and-a-half of walnuts and 1 cup of semi-sweet chocolate. Using an idea from Frugal Feeding’s chocolate truffle recipe, I decided to add some orange zest just to play up the flavours a little. With most nuts that are covered in chocolate, once you bite through the choco-layer the flavour and texture of the nut tends to overplay the cocoa, so I wanted some other flavour to linger. Orange seemed like a tried, tested (and good!) flavouring option.

I simply toasted the walnuts, melted the chocolate in my makeshift double boiler and added some orange zest. Then take walnut-dip in chocolate-cool-eat.

CHOCOLATE COVERED WALNUTS

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 1/12 cup walnuts
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest

METHOD

  • Toast the walnuts on a tawa or nonstick pan, keep aside.
  • In a double boiler, melt the chocolate and fold in the orange zest and combine evenly.
  • Dip the walnuts in chocolate, cool and allow to set.
  • If you have any leftover orange zest, you can sprinkle a little on each walnut for fun.

These were so yummy, and the orange gave it such a kick! I used such a small amount of orange zest, but that lent enormous flavour and a gentle fragrance. As I ate, I was thinking- when the natural stuff can taste so good, why would anyone ever want to use artificial flavouring? I think my next project should be to procure some vanilla pods and make my own vanilla sugar.

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