Chocolate, fig and rum mattonella

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Chocolate, fig and rum mattonella
Chocolate, fig and rum mattonella
Servings:Serves 6
Calories per serving:593
Ready in:15 minutes
Prep. time:15 minutes
Cook time:None
Difficulty:Average difficulty
Recipe author:JuliaBalbilla
First published:24th November 2016

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Mattonella (Italian for 'brick') is a chilled, Italian dessert which comes in many forms. It is quite rich and it is often 'set' in a loaf tin to give it a brick shape. This version with figs, is particularly suitable at Christmas time.


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  1. Place the figs in a bowl and add enough rum to cover (see Variations below)
  2. Leave for at least 30 minutes to marinate.
  3. Drain thoroughly, chop into small pieces and reserve.
  4. In a fresh bowl, over a saucepan of water, melt the chocolate with the sugar and butter.
  5. Remove from the heat, add the cream, figs and biscuits.
  6. Pour the mixture into a loaf tin which had been lined with foil or Bake-O-Glide.
  7. Smooth it out and refrigerate for several hours.
  8. Just before serving, cut the Mattonella into slices and put 2 slices on each plate.
  9. Whip the cream with the icing sugar and pipe some shapes onto the plates.
  10. Sprinkle the cream with a little ground cinnamon or cocoa powder.

Chef's notes

I used a 500g loaf tin with a volume of about 800ml. This tin could have taken half the mixture quantity again. A 250g tin was too small.

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