We try not to get sucked into the consumer spirit during the holidays, so I like to make gifts. Other alternatives are giving your loved ones a gift of a special experience (e.g., nice dinner out together), or donating to a charity. Anyways, this year I made holiday bark. It’s super easy, and looks really nice.
- 8 oz (good quality) bittersweet chocolate, chopped
- 8 oz (good quality) white chocolate, chopped
- 1/2 cup sliced Brazil nuts
- 1/2 cup cashews
- 1/2 cup dried cranberries
- 1/2 toasted shaved coconut
- 1/2 cup toasted pumpkin seeds
*You can be quite flexible with the above ingredients (except the chocolate). For example, I didn’t use Brazil nuts, but used almonds, and used mixed berries instead of cranberries.
- Place the dark chocolate in one heatproof bowl, and the white chocolate in another. Bring a small saucepan of water to a simmer.
- Place one bowl over the pan (ensure the bottom of bowl doesn’t touch the water to prevent burning). Stir often, until chocolate is melted
- Set this bowl aside, and repeat with the other chocolate/bowl.
- Once both chocolates are melted and cooled (5-10 minutes), line a large baking sheet with parchment/wax paper.
- Pour the chocolates onto the paper (rows/blobs), until they form a somewhat cohesive shape.
- Use a toothpick/thin knife and swirl the chocolate with the remaining ingredients.
- Place in fridge, until everything is set (chocolate is hard).
- When ready to serve, break the bark up into desired sized pieces and enjoy!
From: Sweet and Southern by Ben Mims