Treat yourself to the deliciousness of our chocolate lime fondants with candied lime peel. Made with rich dark chocolate and tangy lime, this dessert is a match made in heaven. Every bite reveals a warm, gooey center that melts in your mouth and creates a heavenly feeling. Garnished with candied lime peel, this treat offers a delicious balance of flavors that will leave you wanting more. Enjoy this dreamy combination and experience a blissful moment of chocolaty bliss. These fondants are perfect for any occasion and are a real treat for your taste buds.
- 200g butter, plus 25g melted butter for greasing
- 50g cocoa powder for dusting
- 200 g dark chocolate (70% cocoa content), melted
- 200g golden powdered sugar
- 4 eggs and 4 egg yolks (freeze egg whites and use for meringue)
- Zest of 3 limes (use the juice for the curd)
- 200g plain flour
- 140g golden icing sugar, plus a little sugar for dusting
- 2 limes, cut the peel into long strips and then cut into thin slices (use the juice for the curd)
- Juice of 8 limes, plus the zest of 3
- 200g golden powdered sugar
- 1 tsp cornstarch
- 100g butter, chopped into small pieces
- 3 eggs and 1 egg yolk
- green food gel color (optional – I always like to add a little just to bring out the green)
- 6 dariole molds or ramekins
- Prepare the candied lime peel by combining sugar and water in a small saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat until simmering.
- Add lime peel strips to the pot and cook gently for 25 minutes, until the peel is soft and the syrup has thickened.
- Sprinkle a layer of powdered sugar on a sheet of baking paper. Using a slotted spoon, lift the softened lime peel onto the sugar and roll to coat. Allow to cool until hardened.
- For the lime curd, mix the lime juice and zest, sugar, cornstarch, butter, eggs and egg yolk in a heatproof bowl. Whisk together.
- Place the bowl over a pot of simmering water. Whisk until thickened, about 20 minutes. Don’t worry if it looks curdled at first as it will come together once the butter is melted.
- Stir in food coloring if necessary and set aside to cool. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
- Brush the molds with melted butter and place on a tray in the freezer for 10 minutes or until the butter has set.
- Remove the molds from the freezer and brush with butter again. Place in the freezer for another 10 minutes.
- Dust the insides of the molds with cocoa powder and tap out any excess cocoa powder. Put aside.
- Preheat the oven to 200°C/180°C fan/gas 6.
- Melt butter and chocolate in a bowl over boiling water. Let cool down.
- Using an electric hand mixer, beat together the sugar and eggs until the mixture is light and fluffy and triples in volume.
- Add the cooled chocolate mixture and lime zest and mix well.
- Gently and quickly fold in the flour until fully incorporated, then pour the mixture into the molds, filling them almost to the top.
- Bake in the oven for 10 minutes or until a crust has formed and the edges are just starting to pull away from the pans.
- Remove from the oven and let rest for 1 minute, then remove the fondants.
- To serve, place a spoonful of quark on each serving plate and spread with the back of a spoon.
- Place the fondants on the quark and garnish each with candied lime peel.
Equipment and tools
For this recipe you will need the following equipment and tools:
- Dariole molds or ramekins (6)
- mixing bowls
- Whisk or electric mixer
- Spatula or wooden spoon
- grater or zester
- cutting board
This recipe contains the following allergens:
Please note that this recipe may also contain other allergens not listed above. It is important to check the labels of all ingredients used to ensure they meet your nutritional needs.
Storage and leftovers
How to store the chocolate lime fondants and candied lime peels:
- Allow the fondants to cool completely.
- Place the fondants in an airtight container.
- Store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
To serve, heat the fondants in a preheated oven at 350°F (180°C) until warmed through, about 8-10 minutes.
To store leftover candied lime peel:
- Place the candied lime peel in a separate airtight container.
- Store in a cool and dry place.
- For best quality, use within one month.
If stored for a longer period of time, we recommend freezing the candied lime peels.
Health Benefits of Chocolate Lime Fondants with Candied Lime Peel
Enjoying sweet treats doesn’t necessarily have to be a secret pleasure. In fact, some desserts may even provide surprising health benefits. One such delicious dessert is the chocolate lime fondants with candied lime peel. This dessert not only satisfies your sweet tooth but also packs a ton of nutrients and multiple health benefits. Let’s explore the health benefits this tempting dessert has to offer.
1. Antioxidant-rich dark chocolate
The main ingredient of these fondants is the rich and velvety dark chocolate. Dark chocolate with a high cocoa content of 70% or more contains a generous amount of antioxidants. These powerful compounds help neutralize harmful free radicals and protect your cells from oxidative stress. Consuming dark chocolate in moderate amounts is associated with lower blood pressure, improved heart health, and a lower risk of chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease.
2. Lime zest and juice
This recipe calls for lime zest and juice, which give the fondants a refreshing citrus flavor. Limes are an excellent source of vitamin C, a nutrient known for its immune-boosting properties. Vitamin C also acts as an antioxidant and supports the production of collagen, a protein necessary for maintaining healthy skin, bones and blood vessels. Adding lime to your dessert not only adds flavor to your dessert but also contributes to your overall well-being.
3. Eggs – a nutritional powerhouse
Eggs are an essential part of this recipe and add richness and structure to the fondants. Eggs are a nutritional powerhouse and contain a range of vitamins and minerals. They are an excellent source of high-quality protein that supports muscle growth and repair. Additionally, eggs are packed with essential nutrients like vitamin B12, vitamin D and choline, which are crucial for brain function, bone health and maintaining a healthy nervous system.
4. Possible mood-enhancing effect
Enjoying delicious desserts like these fondants can have a mood-boosting effect. Chocolate, especially dark chocolate, contains various compounds that can elevate mood and promote well-being. Phenylethylamine, a compound found in chocolate, stimulates the release of endorphins, the “feel-good” hormones. Additionally, chocolate also contains small amounts of tryptophan, an amino acid that supports the production of serotonin, a neurotransmitter known for its mood-regulating properties.
While chocolate lime fondants with candied lime peel may be a decadent treat, they certainly offer some surprising health benefits. Enjoying this dessert in moderation will allow you to enjoy the nutritional benefits of its ingredients in a pleasant way. So enjoy every delicious bite knowing that you are treating yourself to a dessert that not only tastes heavenly, but also contributes positively to your well-being.