For Christmas I always love showing off what a domestic goddess I am spoiling my loved ones with some homemade baking ;) Over the years I have treated my family and friends to Christmas Rocky Road (link), Biscotti (link) and the most amazing festive chocolate crinkle cookies (link). I think foodie treats make for wonderful festive gifts. This year I found all my recipes on Pinterest and when I spotted this Chocolate Fruit Bark recipe, I knew it was something that I had to make. Easy as 1-2-3 and delicious…PERFECT!
Doesn’t this look scrumptious? This chocolate bark recipe uses dark chocolate with 51 percent cocoa and adds some dazzle to it with dried apricots and figs, raisins, and cashews. The addition of the dried fruit and nuts spreads out the chocolate’s intensity, and adds in a healthy dose of antioxidants and finer; so need to feel too guilty when enjoying it!
What You’ll Need:
1-2 bars of good quality cooking chocolate
1/2 cup dried apricots, chopped
1/2 cup dried figs, chopped
1 cup mix of raisins, cranberries and mixed nuts
1 large baking sheet
What to Do:
- Melt chocolate over a double boiler or in your microwave until its smooth.
- Pour chocolate over parchment paper-lined baking sheet, spreading so it so that it is about 1/2 cm thick.
- Evenly sprinkle dried fruit and cashews over the chocolate.
- Place the bark into the refrigerator for about 20 minutes, or until the chocolate harden.
I went for the super easy microwave option. I found this great Lindt cooking chocolate at my supermarket. I just broke the bars (I used two to make a good quantity) into pieces, placed that into a bowl and microwaved in short intervals of 20-30 seconds on medium-high power and stirred after each interval until the chocolate was melted.
About halfway ready….gooey runny chocolate, omg!
Perfect, all melted and only took about 2-3 minutes!
Now onto the toppings! For my slightly Christmasy chocolate bark I chopped up some dried apricots, dried figs and used an already mixed bag of raisins, cranberries, pecans and cashew nuts. However you can really let your imagination run wild and use any topping you fancy. Some other ideas could be adding; candied orange peel, cherries, hazelnuts, almonds and pistachios. Even more contemporary toppings are: cocoa nibs, toffee pieces, candied ginger, crushed peppermint candy and other dried fruits such as pineapple, blueberries, strawberries plus even toasted pumpkin seeds, cereal and pime nuts. Anything is possible!
Now once your chocolate is melted, just pour it onto a baking sheet which is on a tray of some sort and smooth it out, I just used the back of a spoon to do this.
Sprinkle your toppings onto the chocolate and you’re basically done already! Now all that’s left to do is just place the tray with your chocolate creation into the fridge to cool and lick that chocolate bowl clean ;)
When the chocolate bark has cooled and hardened, just snap into pieces and enjoy! Yummy….
I wrapped mine into little cellophane bags, added a cute Christmas tag and TADA a lovely and delicious Christmas present!
Will you be making any foodie gifts this Christmas?