Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Cooking and Entertaining: Chocolate Strawberry Bark

Chocolate Strawberry Bark

Chocolate covered strawberries are an oft-given Valentine’s Day gift, but if you’d rather wait to buy or make them until strawberries are in peak season, there’s another option available.  Chocolate bark topped with freeze-dried strawberries is a fun, easy-to make alternative to the classic. 

With only two ingredients and 15 minutes, you can produce a tasty gift or treat!

Valrhona chocolate and freeze-dried strawberries

Top the bottom of a baking pan with foil

Place the chopped chocolate in the top of a double boiler or heat-proof
bowl over simmering water

Chop the freeze dried fruit while the chocolate is melting

Spread the melted chocolate on top of the foil-lined baking sheet

Sprinkle with chopped strawberries

Chocolate Strawberry Bark

7-14 oz. chocolate, chopped into 1/2” pieces (I used 7 ounces of Valrhona 70% dark chocolate, but any good chocolate works)
freeze-dried strawberries (I used 12 grams)

Overturn a baking sheet and place a piece of foil on top of the back side.  Set aside.  Place the chocolate in the top of a double boiler or a heat-proof bowl set over a pan of simmering water.  While the chocolate is melting, dice the strawberries (any freeze-dried fruit would work) into 1/4”-1/2” pieces.  Set the strawberries aside.

After the chocolate has melted, spread it evenly onto the foil-covered baking sheet.  Sprinkle with the freeze-dried fruit.  Allow the bark to set or place into the refrigerator to set more quickly.  Break into pieces, place in cellophane bags, and tie the bags with ribbon.

What a pretty gift!

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