At the end of the holiday baking Mom and I typically make bark out of the leftover chocolate, nuts and other items used to decorate cookies. abark is a really nice addition to the trays and is simple to prepare if you have experience with chocolate. This combination came together so nicely I thought it was worth posting. Sorry, I don't have exact measures as it was a spontaneous moment. Besides the lumpiness of bark is a matter of personal preference. Though I am a bigger fan of dark chocolate, this really works best with milk chocolate.
- 1 lb milk chocolate chips
- 1⁄3-1⁄2 cup walnut pieces, toasted
- 1⁄3-1⁄2 cup candied orange peel
- Before starting prepare a cookie sheet or silpat sheet with a very light coating of vegetable oil cooking spray.
- Set up a double boiler with hot water just barely at a simmer. Place the top half of the boiler on top and add two thirds of the chocolate chips.
- Stirring regularly, melt the chips for a minute or two until the chocolate is smooth. Don't let the chocolate get too hot or it will need to be tempered again.
- Once the chocolate is smooth and glossy, add the remaining third of the chips and stir for 20 seconds.
- Add in the walnut pieces and orange peel. Stir just until mixed.
- Pour out the chocolate onto the prepared sheet and allow it to fully cool. The thickness is a matter of personal preference.
- Break the bark into pieces and enjoy.
Yummy chocolate bark! I love toasted walnuts and candied orange peel, so this came together so wonderfully! Thanks Toni!
Amazing! Perfect balance of chocolate and orange flavors, and the walnuts add just the right crunch. I am also fonder of darker chocolate, but the milk chocolate really shines in this one! Thanks for sharing! Made for Zaar Tag.