If you manage to make this sweet treat last a week, you did better than me. It’s unbelievably satisfying to eat and easy to make. Plus I think it’s probably the healthiest chocolate bar(k) you’ll ever find, which makes it even harder to resist gobbling up?! So what gives this bark its ‘bite’? No it’s not the crunchy nuts or tangy cranberries trapped in the pool of chocolate like a welly caught in quick sand (terrible analogy).
It is in fact ginger. You could add finely chopped crystallised ginger to this recipe which was my original plan. However I didn’t need a lot so I opted for Green & Blacks Dark Chocolate (60% cocoa) with ginger. It’s awesome all by itself even before I started melting and shaping it.
This should take you no more than 30 minutes to prepare and that includes cooling time: I simply chucked it in the freezer which speeds up the hardening effect. Then once you’ve slipped it off the baking sheet, either with a knife or preferably by hand, break the chocolate plate into delicious nutty shards. Store in cool try place or the fridge if you prefer.
Chocolate Bark with Bite
100g x 2 Green and Blacks Dark Chocolate (ginger)
2 handfuls of almonds – roughly chopped
2 handful – Dried Cranberries
2 handful – shelled pistachios roughly chopped
– Baking Sheet
– Glass Bowl/ Spoon
1. break up chocolate into a glass bowl. To melt either place over a saucepan of boiling water (being careful not to let the water touch the bottom of the bowl), and stir frequently until completely melted. Or place bowl in microwave and heat (medium setting) for 2 minutes, check the chocolate every 30 seconds to ensure it doesn’t dry out.
2. Pour the melted chocolate onto the baking sheet to about 1/4 inch thick. Or pour onto a greaseproof pan. Don’t worry about the shape of the chocolate spread. Try not to let it touch the sides if using either the sheet or pan.
3. Take a handful of each of the nuts/fruits and sprinkle over the chocolate.
4. Place sheet on a plate and place in freezer for at least 25 minutes or until hard.
5. Before serving/ eating, remove from freezer. If had then with a spatula separate the chocolate bark from the sheet/ pan. Then from the centre, break the bak into large pieces, then take one shard and break into smaller pieces if you wish.