I have this dream that someday I will have enough land to plant dozens of fruit trees. Â Every kind of fruit; peaches, pears, nectarines, cherries, apples, figs… Â Oh, the things we could make! Â 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. Â 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. Â But I always find a use for them! Â I thought it would nice to keep it simple and serve the oranges as-is, accompanied by some homemade dark chocolate bark. Â A wonderful way to end any meal.
Making chocolate bark is so easy and has endless variations. Â 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. Â 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, choppedÂ (I like cranberries, apricots and figs)
1/3 cup candied ginger, chopped
1. Â Melt chocolate chips in top of double-boiler, or in a heatproof bowl set over a pan of simmering water.
2. Â Line large sheet pan with parchment paper. Â Pour melted chocolate over paper and spread chocolate out with an offset spatula until roughly about 1/4″ thick.
3. Â Even sprinkle chopped nuts and dried fruit over chocolate. Â Refrigerate until chocolate has set, about 30 minutes. Â Remove and roughly chop bark into bite size pieces and serve.
I’ve been wanting that recipe! Excellent! Looks absolutely delicious. Can’t wait to try it.
Hey! I hope ‘the look’ you’re referring to is the one that says “YUMMY!”