Sunday, March 27, 2016

LEFTOVER EASTER CHOCOLATE

Makes Chocolate Bark


I hope you all had a good Easter break full of rest and food. I’ll admit, I’ve gnawed my way through a fair few pieces of Guylian chocolate this Easter; pralines are among my favourite type of chocolate treat, and despite reports suggesting we throw away 30,000 tonnes of chocolate and sweets in the UK each year, praline would never go to waste in my household! On the other hand, whilst I should probably indulge more in 70% + dark chocolate, with its lower sugar content and higher antioxidant properties, my palate just cannot appreciate its bitter taste, therefore I'd be more likely to waste dark chocolate, although I’d always try to this avoid this by either giving it away, or using my limited culinary skills to create something a little more appetising. The latter is what I did this weekend with a bar of 70% dark chocolate that I received from a client, and I guess it’s something you and/or the kids could do with any leftover chocolate that you’d rather use than throw away.

I made some Chocolate Bark with the dark chocolate as it was the easiest, quickest recipe I could think of, not to mention you can get somewhat creative by adding some of your favourite toppings to the lashings of thick melted chocolate.
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WHAT I USED
-70% dark chocolate
-2 medium-sized fresh strawberries chopped into small pieces (yum....... strawberries and chocolate -  best combo ever!)
-6-8 Hazelnuts roughly chopped
-2 teaspoons Raisins
-2 teapsoons raw cacao nibs
-A couple of small pinches of rock salt ( brings out the flavour of all the other ingredients)

WHAT I DID
*Sit a heat proof bowl in a pan of boiling water over a medium heat. Break the chocolate into small pieces, add to the bowl and watch the chocolate melt, stirring occasionally
*Once the chocolate has melted, add half of your toppings and mix into the chocolate
*Line a dish with cling film and pour the chocolate mix into the dish. Top with the remaining toppings
*Place in the fridge for one hour or until the chocolate has set, then break apart and devour!



Later x

3 comments:

  1. Happy Easter! Dude. Even your chocolate is healthy!!! ;p I am not huge on chocolate so didn't have any but has roast potatoes instead xx

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  2. Hello Colleen! Happy Easter to you too, hope u had a grea time! Oh my, even though Im still stuffed with all the chocolate I ate, your recipe made me watering. I definitely have to try it as well, since I just have some dark choccie which is leftover from my egg!:P he topping made it even more gourmet!:P Have a nice week ahead, hugs! xo

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  3. Dear Colleen, immediately i saw this picture at Instagram, i was mouthwatering. I´m a big chocolate lover and this dark chocolate looks so tasty. i can´t wait to try your recipe. I think with all this healthy food and dark chocolate this is not such a big sin. ;)
    I hope you had great Easter time. I wish you a fine week

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