Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Chocolate Bark

Wishing you all a very Happy New Year! I had a lovely time the past 2 weeks with family & friends and found it quite hard to return to work. But all good things come to an end and I look forward to making more memories in the new year. As part of the holidays, I made quite a few goodies this year - chocolate bark (recipe below), honey roasted almonds, sugar cookies (recipe coming soon), carrot cake, Fruit (plum) cake, chocolate fudge - some were packaged as gifts and the rest were happily consumed, much to the dismay of my weighing scale....

This chocolate bark recipe makes for a great gift idea and it could very well be made with milk chocolate or white chocolate or even a combination. Since i like dark chocolate, i stuck to semi-sweet chocolate. This comes together in no times and the toppings can be modified to our own liking... The only (slightly) tricky part would be melting chocolate - make sure that the bowl has no water because chocolate and water don't really get along well and you will end up with a mess instead of smoothly melted chocolate.

CHOCOLATE BARK


Ingredients:
Semi sweet chocolate (or any kind of chocolate you like) - 12 oz [I used chocolate chips but you could just use chopped up pieces of any good chocolate you have]

Craisins (dried cranberries) - 1/3 cup
Roasted almonds/walnuts - 1/3 cup chopped
Dried Apricots - 4 to 5, cut into small bits

Sprinkles - my daughter's addition to this bark

Method:
1) Spread a piece of parchment paper on a baking sheet. No need to grease.

2) Using a double boiler method, where a bowl of chocolate is placed on top of a saucepan of simmering water (see picture), melt the chocolate until smooth, stirring occassionally.

3) Once melted fully, pour onto the parchment paper and spread out to desired thickness... usually these are quite thin.

4) Immediately sprinkle the toppings uniformly on the top and press down very gently with a spatula.


5) Allow to cool ( no need to refrigerate), and cut into pieces or break them up with your hand if you want a rough, rustic look. These are now ready to be packaged and served.

20 comments:

  1. I adore dark choco- This one is perfect homemade gift without much sweat :)
    Happy New year to you and your family!

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  2. Laavanya, that surely looks super cute!..your daughter has good taste....:)..

    Do send this for my Chocolate Feast event for kids..Glad to hear you enjoyed.

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  3. Looks yummy!! Nothing like making chocolate at home!!

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  4. gorgeous looking choclates,and wish u all a very happy new year

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  5. sinfully delicious..my son would love these..

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  6. They look so colourful and it sure is a treat! Happy New Year :)

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  7. Wat a fabulous treat, i dont bother to grab some..yumm!

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  8. Hey,

    Love the chocolate bark...Going to follow you!!:)

    Happy new year to you!!:)

    Dr.Sameena@

    http://www.myeasytocookrecipes.blogspot.com/

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  9. Looks really pretty, and reminds me of toys. I love dark chocolate.

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  10. Happy New Year! Laavanya.

    Oh my these chocolate barks are so very tempting.

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  11. Homemade goodies make such wonderful gifts especially during the holiday season. I posted something similar a few days back. I like A's idea of sprinkles in the topping- makes it look very festive. :)

    BTW, what happened to your plans of coming over while you were in this area?

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  12. such wonderfulnew yr goodie...hapi new yr dear!

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  13. Love the cute choc bark....delicious!!

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  14. Gosh, how incredible does that look! What a beautiful and delicious picture that makes, Laavanya. Here's wishing you a very happy 2011!

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  15. The dark chocolate is so nice and perfect for me! I have always loved it!

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  16. They look so professional and delicious!

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  17. Delicious looking choco bark.
    Happy New Year!

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