It is always fun to start the week off with chocolate. So for all your chocolate nibbling needs throughout the week I bring you this super easy recipe for the most colorful and delicious salted Fruit and Nut Chocolate Bark. This recipe is inspired by a recipe I learned last week on vacation. More on that in a few days, but first, rich, silky, salty-sweet c-h-o-c-o-l-a-t-e..
Last week I was at an amazing wellness resort, and in a few days I will share that adventure with you. But during my time there, I tool a fun culinary class where we made a pecan-fruit salted chocolate bark that was simply dreamy. I had to make it as soon as I got home and share the recipe with you…
This recipe is a spin on the recipe used in the class with Chef Laura Pauli.
Fruit and nut Chocolate Bark
- 9 ounces bittersweet chocolate, vegan (Scharffen Berger used. The higher the quality, the better the flavor!)
- 5 dried/unsulphered organic apricots, diced
- 2 tablespoon goji berries, soaked in 1 teaspoon hot water and ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 tablespoon raw pistachios
- 2 tablespoon raw chopped Medjool dates, white mulberries or dried cherries (optional)
- Pecans – oven-toasted and spicy-sweet:
- ¾ cup raw pecans, whole
- 1 tablespoon vegan sugar or agave syrup
- 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper
- pinch of cayenne
- To finish chocolate: sprinkle of Fleur de Sel or pink salt (coarse is my preference)
- Place the pecans, olive oil, black pepper, cayenne and salt in a small bowl and mix until the pecans are coated. Spread pecans on parchment paper on a baking sheet and bake at 400 degrees for ten minutes – or until slightly toasty. Set aside.
- Using a double broiler on your stovetop, melt the chocolate until silky smooth.
- Pour the melted chocolate onto a parchment paper lined baking sheet. (Make sure this is a new, COOL, baking sheet!) Spread a bit so the the chocolate thins out to your desired bark thickness.
- Add the pecans, apricots, goji berries, pistachios, optional dried goodies and anything else you want to add to the melted chocolate layer.
- Place the chocolate in the fridge to firm up. This usually takes at least a half hour for fully hardened chocolate.
- To serve: break or slice chocolate and sprinkle with a thin layer of Fleur de Sel or pink salt. (Store leftovers in a baggie or container in the fridge.)
Yield: 10 servings
Prep Time: 00 hrs. 07 mins.