Tuesday, May 5, 2009

This Bark Has a Bite!



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!

12 comments :

Amir said...

Mmmm...love chocolate! This looks yummers!

Victoria K. said...

Thanks! It's such a great flavor combo :) I need to make another batch soon!

5 Star Foodie said...

Neat! Great idea to add cayenne here!

REC(ession)IPES said...

Dark chocolate, cherries and cayenne are a great combination!

Victoria K. said...

Thanks! It was just the right amount of spice without going completely overboard :)

Kelly said...

Oh, I love spicy chocolate, and I love dried fruit in chocolate! I bought a very expensive bar of French chocolate that had dried cherry and chili peppers in it and it was so tasty! This looks fantastic!

Jessie said...

Oh my god! I am a chocoholic as well I'm perfectly happy with just eating a plain old bar of dark chocolate just to satisfy my chocolate craving :)

Victoria K. said...

Thanks! Chocolate rules :) Just can't get enough!!

CaptnRachel aka Tha Pizza Cutta said...

I've never made bark and your recipe is so adventurous-I can not wait to try it. Thanks so much for sharing!!!

Victoria K. said...

Thanks! It was a lot easier to make than I thought it would be.

s. stockwell said...

Great idea. We just posted some double chocolate and cherry cookies and for the next batch we will try a little cayenne? Thanks, s

Justin said...

hi. i've never visited before. I like this idea. I'd never thought of pairing cherries and cayenne before. sounds interesting.

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