Monday, December 13, 2010

The Perfect Holiday Treat: Dark Chocolate Bark with Dried Fruit and Almonds

Why is Dark Chocolate Bark with Dried Fruit and Almonds the perfect holiday treat? Well, first, unlike most candy, it is easy and pretty much fool-proof. I am hoping to make some fudge and peanut brittle later this week, but today I needed to make something without any stress-factor. These treats also have lots of good-for-you ingredients to boot -- with dark chocolate, almonds and dried cranberries, cherries and almonds is practically a Super Food! It keeps beautifully. Make it today and you can serve it through the new year. And finally, it has that sweet-salty contrast that I love.

We first made a variation on this last winter when we were snowed in the weekend before Christmas. I had a variety of chocolates, dried fruits and nuts on hand, as well as crystallized ginger, and put together a batch inspired by this recipe on Epicurious using semi-sweet chocolate chips. Today’s blizzard inspired me to make another batch.

Dark Chocolate Bark with Dried Fruit and Almonds

  • 2 cups dark chocolate chips
  • 2/3 cup slivered almonds, toasted
  • 2/3 cup mixed dried fruit (cranberries, cherries, and quartered apricots)
  • 1/8 – 1/4 teaspoon fleur de sel
  1. Line a small baking sheet with foil. Spray it lightly with cooking spray. 
  2. Melt the chocolate chips in a double-boiler or in a medium bowl over saucepan of simmering water, stirring until melted and smooth. 
  3. Pour the melted chocolate onto foil, spreading it with plastic spatula to the thickness of a scant 1/4 inch.
  4. Scatter the nuts and dried fruit over chocolate. 
  5. Sprinkle with fleur de sel to taste.
  6. Chill until the chocolate is firm, about 30 minutes. 
  7. Peel off the foil. Cut the chocolate into irregular pieces. Serve the bark slightly chilled.
Yield: approximately 24 pieces
Total time: 45 minutes

I put together a box to share with my colleagues tomorrow, assuming any of us make it to campus. Some of the rest will get bagged up and given away to friends – an indulgence that even the most health conscious can enjoy! It keeps so well that I’ll be able to take whatever is left to share with my family on the coast next week.


My Carolina Kitchen said...

Lynn, I wish I was sitting in front of my fireplace nibbling on this lovely chocolate bark right this very minute. Can you believe this weather. Old man winter has set his sights on western NC for sure.

Thank you so much for following My Carolina Kitchen. It's a real pleasure to meet you and I look forward to getting to know you better.

Stay warm.

Ellen Zames said...

OH my goodness this looks amazing!!

My sisters and I have a linky party every Sunday called Everyday Sisters Sharing Sundays. We pick a theme each week and this week's theme is Chocolate. We would like to invite you to come by and link up your favorite chocolate recipes. The link is opened all week (until Sat) so please come by and say hi.


kzooknoedel said...

I found this recipe when I was browsing your blog recently, and I just made a batch to give to my new beau for Valentines Day tomorrow. My pieces did not come out as perfectly as yours, but it tastes yummy. Hope he likes it too. Thanks!

Lynn said...

Thanks Michelle. Great idea to make it for Valentine's Day!