I wanted to learn something new related to ‘computers’. So, I heard about blogging and thought that this might be a good way to combine computers and baking. I’ve learned a lot this past year. But, most of all, it was FUN!
So in celebration of Baking is my Zen’s birthday today, I thought I’d make one of my favorite confections…Chocolate Bark.
Basically, Chocolate Bark is made by melting chocolate, pouring and spreading it out onto a pan and sprinkling your favorite toppings (such as nuts and dried fruits).
Winter Dried Fruit and Nut Chocolate Bark
Adapted (By Bon Apetit)
yield: Makes about 1 pound
Any combination of dried fruit and nuts will work here, so choose your favorites or just use what you have in your cupboard.
** For a sweeter treat, swap in semisweet chocolate chips in place of bittersweet.
• 1 11 1/2-ounce bag bittersweet (60% cocoa) chocolate chips (about 2 cups) **
• 2/3 cup mixed toasted nuts (walnuts, pecans, and almonds)
• 2/3 cup mixed dried fruit (raisins, cranberries and apricots)
• 1/8 teaspoon fleur de sel or kosher salt
Line small baking sheet with foil.
Melt chocolate chips in medium bowl over saucepan of simmering water, stirring until melted and smooth.
Pour melted chocolate onto foil, spreading with offset spatula to thickness of scant 1/4 inch.
Scatter nuts and dried fruit over chocolate.
Sprinkle with fleur de sel.
Chill until chocolate is firm, about 30 minutes.
Peel off foil.
Cut chocolate into irregular pieces.
Serve bark slightly chilled.
Here are more recipes that you may be interested in.
CHOCOLATE BARK CANDY RECIPE
WEBSITE: MAKING CHOCOLATE CANDY TIPS
THREE CHOCOLATE BARK WITH SPICED PECANS AND DRIED CHERRIES
BY EMERIL LAGASSE
FRENCH CHOCOLATE BARK
BY INA GARTEN (BAREFOOT CONTESSA)
CHOCOLATE BARK WITH MIXED NUTS AND DRIED CHERRIES
BY AARON MCCARGO JR.
WHITE & DARK CHOCOLATE DOGWOOD BARK
BY MARCEL DESAULNIERS
BY KING ARTHUR FLOUR COMPANY
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I visited Jacques Torres Café in New York City Upper West Side.
There are many chocolate treats as well as a café here. When you walk in you can’t help but notice the gorgeous chandelier.
Stop by and try Jacques Torres’ chocolates. You will be very happy you did!
Jacques Torres Upper West Side
285 Amsterdam Avenue
New York, NY 10023
Tel 212 414-2162
Cross Streets: 73rd Street
Mon-Sat 9am – 7pm
Price Range: $$ ($9-$15)
Payemnt Methods: Major Credit Cards
Jacques Torres' creed goes as follows: (see photo above)
LIFE IS SHORT...EAT DESSERT FIRST
Peace in Baking,