I have this dream that someday I will have enough land to plant dozens of fruit trees. Every kind of fruit; peaches, pears, nectarines, cherries, apples, figs… Oh, the things we could make! But until then, I’ll have to keep pilfering fruit from my family’s fruit trees – which I am MORE than happy to do!
This weekend I stopped by my dad’s house and ransacked his orange tree. Chris always gives me “the look” when I walk in the door loaded to the brim with bags of these beautiful, bright orange-colored juicy fruits. But I always find a use for them! I thought it would nice to keep it simple and serve the oranges as-is, accompanied by some homemade dark chocolate bark. A wonderful way to end any meal.
Making chocolate bark is so easy and has endless variations. By simply melting some chocolate and topping it with whatever nuts and dried fruit you have on hand, you’ll have a gorgeous and delicious sweet treat in no time.
I’ve always been a huge fan of combining orange and chocolate. Freshly sliced oranges are wonderfully tart and make a delicious accompaniment to the rich dark chocolate bark.
Dark Chocolate Bark
12 oz. dark chocolate chips
1 cup assorted nuts, toasted and chopped (I like cashews, pecans and hazelnuts)
1 cup assorted dried fruit, chopped (I like cranberries, apricots and figs)
1/3 cup candied ginger, chopped
1. Melt chocolate chips in top of double-boiler, or in a heatproof bowl set over a pan of simmering water.
2. Line large sheet pan with parchment paper. Pour melted chocolate over paper and spread chocolate out with an offset spatula until roughly about 1/4″ thick.
3. Even sprinkle chopped nuts and dried fruit over chocolate. Refrigerate until chocolate has set, about 30 minutes. Remove and roughly chop bark into bite size pieces and serve.