For Vegan Month of Food 2014 I am adapting recipes from the first book I ever learnt to bake from: Chocolat: Fondre de Plaisir by Camille and Nathalie Le Foll. Join me as I veganise 20 recipes from this book – it’s going to be a month of total chocolate decadence!
So I know Cara from Fork and Beans is counting down the days to Halloween, but me, I live for Christmas. Hence I needed to share my excitement on Instagram when I purchased miniature reindeer and pine trees to use as decoration on my future Christmas bakes.
But… I couldn’t wait till Christmas, so I am using my new favourite toys now! Admittedly the reindeer and trees are somewhat large in proportion to the mountain, which is perhaps due to the fact that I ate nearly half the mountain before I could photograph it… oopsie.
For the mountain:
500g (17 oz) vacuum-packed chestnuts
5 tbsp icing sugar
1 tbsp cocoa powder
2 tbsp rum
For the snow:
125ml (1/2 cup) full-fat coconut milk, chilled
1 tbsp icing sugar, plus extra to dust over
1. Place all the ingredients for the chocolate mountain in a food processor and blitz until they become a thick, sticky and slightly chunky batter. Pour into a bowl and place in the fridge for now.
2. Whisk the chilled coconut milk and icing sugar in a bowl. It should be creamy and thick, although runny enough to drip over the sides of the mountain.
3. Here’s the fun part: dump the chocolate mountain batter on a plate and, using your hands, fashion it into the shape of a small mountain. Pour the coconut milk over the mountain peaks and dust some icing sugar over the tops to look like snow. Decorate with your favourite kitsch Christmas decorations and enjoy!
Keep in the fridge for up to 3 days.
Halloween or Christmas – which is your favourite? Fight it out in the comments.
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