Christmas chilli chocolate pecans – blame the Chiappa sisters

I wasn’t going to write another blog post before Christmas, but I had to. I blame the Chiappa sisters. This morning I discovered them on Youtube. I have recently become a bit addicted to watching cooking videos and one of the channels I subscribe to is Jamie Oliver’s Foodtube, mainly to watch my favourite greedy Italian, Gennaro Contaldo’s antics. And there they were – three rather gorgeous Welsh-Italian sisters (with the surname “Chiappa”, pronounced key-up-ah) cooking, speaking with a bit of a posh English (actually Welsh) accent but pronouncing Italian words perfectly. The recipe that they made was chilli chocolate pecans.

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I fell in love with the simplicity of it right there and then. I bought all the ingredients and made the recipe the same night – gorgeously rich, sweet, salty and peppery chilli chocolate pecans. These pecans tick all the right boxes in spite of not being in the least bit Italian (though there is a tenuous link as it is a recipe by the Chiappa sisters). You can’t stop at one of them. They could make a great start to Christmas Day accompanied by a little Prosecco. Or the perfect foodie Christmas gift.

Buon Natale to each and every one of you lovely readers. I hope your day is filled with good food, good wine and lots of love.

Chilli chocolate pecans
150g shelled pecans
45g unsalted butter
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon (or a bit more if you are game!) cayenne pepper
140g dark chocolate

Start by preheating the oven to 150 degrees. Then heat the butter in a non-stick frypan, until it is melted. Stir in the pepper and salt. Toss in the pecans and stir with a wooden spoon until they are well coated with the butter.

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Place them on an oven tray and bake for 25 minutes. They should be quite well cooked but not burnt.

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Melt the chocolate either over a double boiler or in a bowl in the microwave (about 3 minutes on high) until it is molten. Stir in the pecans until they are well covered with chocolate.

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Place on a sheet of baking paper using a spoon until they cool and the chocolate hardens. Store them in a sealed container in a cool place.

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9 comments on “Christmas chilli chocolate pecans – blame the Chiappa sisters

  1. My girls and I love the Chiappa’s too. We spent a lazy summer week watching their series ‘simply Italian’ and my 4 & 2 year old loved trying out their recipe. Just to say that that posh English accent is actually Welsh 🙂
    Thank you for your gluten free gnocchi recipe just trying it tonight.

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    • Of course the accent is welsh!! I will correct that right now… I must look out for their series Simply Italian. I love that you are bringing up your children watching cooking shows!!
      Enjoy the GF gnocchi Jen xx

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  2. Salve Paola ~ This is the first I’ve heard of the Chiappa sisters. I’m not much of a You Tube watcher but I’m going to check them out, if only to hear their Welsh Italian. Last summer in Abruzzo I met an older gentleman who had spent many years in Australia and had the most enchanting (to me) Australian-Italian accent. I loved it!

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