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dark chocolate fruit and nut bark

recipe by laura tilt

extract from “from beder’s kitchen” (buy here)

preparation time: 30 minutes cooking time: 5-10 minutes serves 6 or more

This is a delicious sweet snack which offers some heart-healthy fats and fibre, It’s also incredibly fun to make!

ingredients

  • 300g dark chocolate
  • 1-2 tbsp peanut butter (optional)
  • 75g mixed nuts and dried fruit (pistachios and cranberries are great for colour, almonds are great for crunch)

method

  1. Line a baking tray with baking paper.
  2. Using a sharp knife, chop up the chocolate, place it into a bowl and gently melt over a pan of simmering water.
  3. Take the bowl off the heat when about 70% of the chocolate has melted, then stuir continuously until completely melted.
  4. Pour the chocolate on to the prepared baking tray and carefully spread it out towards the edges with a palette knife. If you’re using peanut butter, soften it slightly or stir until it is runny. Add blobs of peanut butter to the chocolate and use a knife to swirl them together.
  5. Roughly chop the nuts then scatter the nuts and dried fruit evenly over the top of the chocolate.
  6. Refrigerate the bark for about 15 minutes until hardened.
  7. Finally, invert the bark onto a chopping board, remove the parchment paper, break into pieces and store or serve.

lauren tilt (@nutritilty)

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