nutritional information

Per Piece:

  • Calories: 176
  • Protein: 3 g
  • Total Fat: 12 g
  • Saturated Fat: 5 g
  • Carbohydrates: 15 g
  • Cholesterol: 1 mg
  • Sodium: 6 mg
  • Fiber: 3 g
  • Sugar: 10 g
Vegan Gluten-Free

Hazelnut-Apricot Chocolate Bark

Hazelnut-Apricot Chocolate Bark

Makes 24 pieces

Chocolate bark is a good way to try your hand at tempering, the technique of heating and cooling chocolate so that it solidifies quickly and remains firm and shiny. A simplified version of tempering involves melting two-thirds of the chocolate, then cooling it by adding the remaining one-third and stirring until smooth. For best results, use a candy or instant-read thermometer to check chocolate temperature.
  • 1 cup chopped dried apricots
  • 1 lb. dark or bittersweet chocolate, chopped, divided
  • 1 ½ cups toasted skinned whole hazelnuts

1. Place apricots on double layer of paper towels. Top with double layer of paper towels, and press to remove moisture. Set aside. Line rimmed baking sheet with silicone baking mat or wax paper, and have large spatula ready.

2. Heat 2/3 lb. chocolate in double boiler or heat-proof bowl set over saucepan of barely simmering water until chocolate has melted and is no warmer than 105°–110°F (41°–43°C). (Check with candy thermometer.) Remove top of double boiler from heat.

3. Stir remaining 1/3 lb. chocolate into melted chocolate, and continue stirring until chocolate cools to 88°–90°F (31°–32°C).

4. Spread melted chocolate in 1/4-inch layer on prepared baking sheet. Sprinkle with hazelnuts and apricots. Cool until firm and shiny. Break into pieces.

January/February 2011 p.53

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comments

CHRISTMAS CHOCOLATE

garybirg@aol.com - 2011-12-20 13:25:28

Heat the chocolate to 118-120 degrees and hold there for 2 minutes. Then add your remaining chocolate stirring to 89-90 degrees.

Pastrymann - 2012-02-10 16:33:29