Recipe Flash: Chocolate Bark, Version 2010

DISH: Chocolate Bark with Cinnamon Coated Nuts and Cherries
TYPE: New Year’s Eve Treats
MAIN INGREDIENTS: Chocolate, Walnuts, Dried Cherries

Chocolate bark has been my go-to ever since I was a kitchen-deprived, chocolate-craving freshman at college. In the past years, I’ve made the bark with white, milk, and dark chocolates of both good and mediocre qualities. I’ve made double-layer bark, fruity bark, and the 2008-2009 winning bark filled with toffee bites and broken pretzel pieces that was featured at Jor’s 24th birthday party (and which I made for her 25th and then forgot in the fridge).

For 2010, I decided to hearken back to the original dorm-room barks, which always contained nuts and dried fruit. This time, I complicated the nuts, toasting and sweetening them before mixing with the chocolate. The extra step creates delicious, crispy nuts that are worth baking a batch of even if you’re not venturing onto the bark. Only if you own an oven.

From my kitchen, where chocolate bark rang in a New Year that’s so far quite sweet, to yours,

Cara, THE QUARTER-LIFE COOK

**Recipe**


Chocolate Bark with Cinnamon Coated Nuts and Cherries
Makes 1 sheet of bark

Ingredients
For the nuts:
3 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 ½ cups raw unsalted walnuts
1 small egg white, beaten (or ½ of regular egg white)

For the bark:
2 cups milk chocolate
½ cup dried cherries
2 ounces good quality (contains cocoa butter) white chocolate

Preheat the oven to 300°F. Spread the walnuts on a parchment-covered pan and toast for about 5 minutes. Remove and let cool completely.

Mix together the sugar, cinnamon, and sat. Add the egg white and whisk to combine. Add the nuts and toss so that the egg white-spice coating covers all sides of all the nuts.

Spread nuts on the same lined baking sheet in a single layer. Bake for 15 minutes on one side, then toss them with a spatula and bake for another 10-15 minutes.

Cool the nuts completely before proceeding.

Melt the milk chocolate over a double boiler or in short bursts in the microwave. You want it to be just melted—don’t let it bubble or anything. Add the cooled nuts and the cherries and stir to distribute.

Pour the bark onto a parchment-lined pan and spread it evenly with a spatula. Put the pan in the freezer and let the bark sit until hardened.

Melt the white chocolate in the microwave until just melted. Remove the chocolate bark from the freezer. Using a fork dipped into the white chocolate, flick your wrist to create streaks of white chocolate all over the bark. Return to the freezer and let harden.

Using your hands or a knife, break the bark into bite-sized pieces. Keep in the fridge until ready to serve.

  • Belle on Heels

    yum!! this looks delicious

  • Susan @TheSpiceGarden

    Ladies! I'm no candymaker, but I think I can handle this recipe! It looks so delish! Love the walnuts, chocolate, cherries combo! And topping with white chocolate is a pretty finish! Kudos!

  • Kate

    Wow! Considering both my sisters are bark-making queens, I guess I should probably hop on board. And, as the last one in college, headed to Commons now, maybe a batch will finally be in order, thanks for the recipe, sis!

  • Alex

    This Is Just To Say…

    I have eaten too many
    of the candied nuts
    that were cooling
    on your table

    you were probably
    saving them for
    something
    I could not eat

    Forgive me
    they were delicious
    so sweet
    and so crunchy

    This Is Just To Say

  • Will

    Phoebe knows how to make some mean board meeting bark. I'm lucky to still have some in my fridge…

  • Kate Kenner

    i have been lucky enough to eat this and i never knew how easy it is to make!!

  • Susan@TheSpiceGarden

    Just to let you know… the bark was a hit at the SuperBowl party that Silent Bob and I knoshed at! Thanks again!

  • Olivia

    I am a chocolate addict and cannot bare to live a day without it….
    And I used to work in a chocolate factory: people told I would get fed up with it. Instead, I have developed an addictions!

    Great pictures! I am starving!
    Olivia
    http://longuette.blogspot.com

  • Tori Bissell

    Making this tonight…excited.

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