Thursday, 25 February 2016

Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Almond Bark

I've recently been creating and writing quite a few sweet treat recipe posts but as I'm doing them and then posting them at different times they're all out of sync in my head! This is actually the second 'bark' recipe I've created but the first one you'll be seeing. The next one is a special one for Easter! This is the more demure of the two - you'll see - but it is nothing short of tasty.

I think I stumbled across this idea on Pinterest but then decided to go at it alone with no recipe, just me, some dark chocolate, almonds, a microwave and some salt! As it's chocolate-covered nut day I thought it was the perfect day to post. Here's what I created...

Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Almond Bark Recipe

Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Almond Bark Recipe

Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Almond Bark Recipe

Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Almond Bark Recipe

Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Almond Bark Recipe

If you'd like to make this delicious specimen of life you'll need:

600g dark chocolate (depending on the size of your baking tray)
100g almonds
A baking tray
A large jug
A microwave
A palette knife

First, you are going to want to layout your almonds on the baking tray. If you fancy it, smash a few to create some smaller pieces amongst your whole almonds. Once you've set this up break all your chocolate up into a microwavable jug. Set your microwave up to heat on around 20% power for 6 minutes. Start your chocolate in the microwave, every 20-30 seconds get it out and mix.

On the first minute or two it may not be melting but continue to get it our and stir to distribute the heat evenly. Heating like this will ensure the chocolate remains tempered. When the chocolate is at a nice pouring temperature, this may take longer than 6 minutes but play it by eye, start to pour over your almonds on your baking tray.

When you've poured this all on your tray start to spread it out using your palette knife making sure to keep your almonds spread out evenly. When you've completely filled the tray, sprinkle it with salt and pop it in your fridge to cool. When it is all set you're ready to pop it out and break it up into pieces to share with your friends and family. Or just keep for yourself, that's cool too.

The salt and the dark chocolate work well together being sweet, decadent but also salty and the almonds add a crunch to the bark. Do be careful not to salt your bark too much as you don't want it to be overpowering.

So what do you think? Will you be attempting this?

Keep tuned for more sweet treat recipes, especially my snazzy Easter bark!

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