Chocolate Cherry Beggar's Purse

Written by 
The Canyon Ranch Kitchen

Nutrition Information (per serving)

calories 
160
protein 
3 g
sodium 
70 mg
carbohydrates 
21 g
fat 
6 g
fiber  
Trace
cholesterol 
1 mg
Servings 
20
Ingredients 

Hazelnut Cookie
1 cup roasted hazelnuts
¼ cup sugar
1 egg white

Chocolate Ganache
6 oz semi-sweet chocolate chips
⅓ cup evaporated skim milk
3 Tbsp red port wine
½ cup dried tart cherries

10 sheets phyllo dough

Instructions 
  1. Preheat oven to 375F. Lightly coat a baking sheet with canola oil spray.
  2. Place hazelnuts and sugar in food processor and chop until fine. Add egg whites and mix until dough forms. Portion 1 tablespoon dough onto baking sheet about 1-inch apart. Bake for 15 minutes. Cool and set aside.
  3. Place chocolate chips in a medium bowl. Combine milk and wine in a small saucepan and heat until simmering. Pour milk mixture over chocolate chips and stir to combine. Add cherries and mix well. Place in refrigerator at least 2 hours or until cold.
  4. Reheat oven to 350F. Lightly coat baking sheet with canola oil spray.
  5. Cut 1 phyllo sheet in half, then fold to form a square. Place 1 hazelnut cookie in center of phyllo square. Place 1 tablespoon chocolate ganache on top of cookie. Grasp corners of phyllo sheet and bring together over cookie and chocolate to enclose. Gently twist the top 1½ inches of phyllo to form a purse. Place on baking sheet and lightly spray with canola oil. Bake 10 to 15 minutes, or until golden brown.