Tuesday, May 5, 2009
This Bark Has a Bite!
Posted by Victoria at 9:44 PM
My best friend is a chocoholic. She loves chocolate almost more than I do. I was once grounded in kindergarten for lying to my parents. I asked for $2 telling them the teacher was collecting money at the door, but the real reason was so I could buy chocolate bars from a girl on the school bus. I know, I'm a rebel. My punishment: no chocolate for a whole week! Harsh! In any case, I recently made these chocolates as a homemade birthday gift for a friend (who loved them by the way!), and also shared some with Miss Chocoholic herself. She said it was the best chocolate treat she's ever had. Word. Now if that's not an endorsement, I don't know what is!
Dark Chocolate Bark with Dried Cherries and Cayenne
Makes about 1 lb bark
14 oz (4 3.5-oz bars) premium dark chocolate (such as Ghiradelli, Lindt, Scharffen Berger, or Valrhona)
1 cup dried cherries
1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper
Chop chocolate into very small pieces to make it easier to melt. Heat up chocolate in microwave oven at 50% power for 1 1/2 minutes or so, stir, then continue to heat up at 30 second intervals stirring occasionally until chocolate is melted and smooth. Alternatively, you can melt the chocolate in a double boiler.
Stir in the dried cherries and cayenne pepper. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and pour the melted chocolate mixture onto the sheet, spreading it slightly until it is a uniform thickness, about 1/4 inch thick (it will spread mostly on its own and the dried cherries will be budding out of the chocolate. The chocolate will not cover the whole sheet).
Chill in the refrigerator for about 15 minutes until completely set. Remove and cut into angular pieces. Store in an airtight container at room temperature (if it's not too hot out) or in the fridge. Enjoy!