Thanksgiving and Christmas is such a busy period that it is always beneficial to have a schedule to keep a tab on the many many things that needs to be done. It is important that you are well organized to avoid the last minute rush. If you are short of time, you better be barking up the right tree!
They are yummy, super easy to make, absolute fun and a great make ahead. The best thing is, this recipe is entirely adaptable. You can use dark chocolate, white chocolate, milk chocolate or even a mix of different types! The toppings can be customized according to personal favorites. I can easily think of 10 toppings at the snap of a finger.
- Shredded coconut
- Toffee bits
- Crystallized ginger
You basically melt the chocolate, pour it into a parchment lined baking tray, top it with your preferred nuts and dried fruits and keep it in the fridge for about 10 minutes before cutting it up. In fact, you do not necessarily have to cut it into perfect squares or rectangles. These look better if you break them into rough shards. It’s entirely about getting creative here.
These Chocolate Bark with Cranberries and Nuts makes the perfect Christmas homemade gifts as well. Wrap these in cellophane bags tied with ribbons and add a cute little tag. The possibilities of flavors and toppings are endless and you can really create personalized and super special gifts for everybody who receive it.
Give these a try soon! These are really good. Come ‘on, do we really need to sell you on that?
- 300g semi-sweet or bittersweet chocolate, broken into smaller pieces (Or any of your favorite chocolate)
- ¼ cup dried cranberries or cherries
- ½ cup baked cashew and almonds, or any other nuts you prefer (You can use chopped nuts if you prefer)
- 2 tablespoons raisins (optional)
- A fat pinch of salt (optional)
- Line an 8 by 8 baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Melt the chocolate in a clean and dry heatproof bowl placed over a saucepan of barely simmering water.
- Alternatively, you can melt the chocolate in the microwave. Do stir frequently so the chocolate will melt evenly.
- Once the chocolate has melted, give it a stir so that it cools down a bit.
- Pour the chocolate in the prepared baking sheet.
- Top with the dried fruits and nuts. Sprinkle with some salt, if using.
- Keep this in the fridge and let it set for about 10-15 minutes.
- Cut or break the chocolate bark into smaller pieces.
- Store in an airtight container at room temperature or in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.