Christmas in July lunch this year we were busy, tired and could not decide what to make. Chocolate bark seemed an easy idea. Narrowing it down not so easy. And it was not quite as straightforward as it looks. However we were very happy with the three types of chocolate bark we made: White Christmas, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer and Lamington.
Cutting up the reindeer faces sounded easy but was anything but.
While some slice up just the right way, others cracked right through the
face. I ended up keeping the jigsaw pieces of the broken faces,
melting more chocolate to spread on some paper, rearranging the pieces
and having another go at cutting them out.
The chocolate bark was nice to sit and snack on at the end of the meal. As usual, the kids finished their meal first, scoffed some bark and then rushed outside. I would definitely try this at Christmas time for gifts. It is quick and looks rather impressive with not too much work.
More fun ways with chocolate for the festive season from Green Gourmet Giraffe:
Chocolate covered honeycomb (gf, v)
Chocolate salami (gf, v)
Chocolates with peppermint filling (gf, v)
Rocky road (gf)
Vegan bacon and seed chocolate bark (gf, v)
1 packet chocolate melts 290 g melts
Firstly have toppings ready to go because once the chocolate melts, you will need to work fast. Then line a medium baking tray with baking paper.
Melt chocolate in the microwave. (If you decided to use good chocolate instead of melts, the advice I have seen is to melt 2/3 of the chocolate until all chocolate is melted and then add the remaining third to bring down the temperature - to about 89-90 F or 31-32 C).
Spread it over lined tray. Quickly scatter with toppings and press gently into the chocolate. Cool and allow at least 12 hours (overnight) to set. I did this in the fridge but have seen some advice to avoid the fridge if possible.
Once chocolate is set, cut with a clean knife (I had to clean my knife a few times while cutting). It is easiest to let the cracks go where they will. If you need particulate shapes, a warmed knife will help (and bringing the chocolate to room temperature).
NOTES: We used three chocolates so we started with the white chocolate, used a silicone spatula to scrape it out well and then melted the milk chocolate in the bowl without washing it. We scraped out the milk chocolate likewise and melted the dark chocolate in the same bowl. A few bits and piece fell off the white bark. I tried running a spoon until boiling water, drying it well and then pressing on the place til it melted and pressing the piece of topping back on. It worked in a limited way. When some of the reindeer faces cracked we spread more melted chocolate on the baking paper and rearranged pieces of faces on the melted chocolate.
Chocolate Bark toppings:
White Christmas Chocolate Bark
white chocolate base
m and ms
Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer Chocolate Bark
milk chocolate base
pretzels, cut to resemble antlers
red M and Ms
Lamington Chocolate Bark
dark chocolate base
quince jelly or other jam
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