Christmas is only one week away. And nothing can spell Christmas better than chocolate. Well, besides all other treats, like King’s Cake or any traditional food common in your part of the world. And of course there’s Santa and the reindeers, the tree, the ornaments, the religious Nativity and so many other things. Depending on tradition, beliefs, religion, culture, social etiquette, you name it, all these things can be slightly or totally different. But I think we can all agree that chocolate can please a crowd anywhere… unless you don’t like chocolate and then there’s a problem with this post. You see, chocolate is melting and dripping all over it. Oops.
Like other recipes with one obvious main ingredient, it is fundamental that it needs to be the best quality one can get. Needless to say that is going to be the flavor of the treat, whatever you do to it. So, if you buy a chocolate that tastes like soap, you’ll end with a bark that tastes like soap. Elementary, my dear reader. I don’t have nothing against people who don’t mind to eat chocolate tasting like soap or some oily weirdness, just to make things clear. Although I have to say that you are certainly missing the point here and mistreating your taste buds. Well, in a “time” when The Protester is nominated Person of the Year, who knows if you won’t end up with a revolution in your mouth? And maybe, that will change your world too. In the best way possible. I hope this one does the trick. Happy Christmas!
Hazelnut Chocolate Bark
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Fridge time: 1 hour
14 oz good quality chocolate (I used a mix of 60% dark chocolate and some good milk chocolate bars)
3/4 cup roasted hazelnuts
1/3 cup dried cranberries
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Melt the chocolate in a double boiler or in the microwave in 30 seconds intervals, stirring until well melted and smooth.
Pour the melted chocolate in the prepared baking sheet and smooth with a spatula until evenly spread in a thin layer.
Arrange the roasted hazelnuts and cranberries on top.
Chill in the fridge until set, about one hour. Cut into pieces and enjoy.
Note: better to keep in the fridge until ready to eat.