Tis the season for eating chocolate…yay! It’s also the season where I usually start to get stressed out, it happens every year, and I’m trying to nip it in the bud today! I’ve always felt that cooking and baking in particular usually helps to calm me and now there may actually be some science behind this. According to a new study a little creative time spent each day may increase your well-being and help to relieve stress. A little creative time spent baking, cooking or listening to music is all it takes, not much to ask really, so I’m in! I know I’m not the only one that finds this time of year hectic, I know some folk find it overwhelming and hard even, so getting in the kitchen may just be our way to a happier, stressless Christmas, I can definitely spare some time to de-stress, so are you with me? Let’s make some chocolate bark!
Now I know this recipe is not exactly baking but I find that there is something very calming about melting chocolate. I can be stood gently stirring that bowl of slowly melting chocolate in my kitchen, with my washing machine going 90 miles an hour behind me and I won’t even notice it, it’s like I’m zoned out and completely engrossed in the slowly melting chocolate, and I like that. It forces me to be patient, something that I have always struggled with. I like that I can zone out because I very rarely have that privilege this time of year. My calendar is full and so is my head, it’s full of to-do lists and shopping lists and I need to remember to pause every now and again. And what better way to pause than to make some chocolate treats 😉
If you are like me and love giving your friends and family edible gifts then this Christmas Chocolate Bark is the perfect gift for you. It’s so easy to make, in fact it’s barely a recipe, with just 5 ingredients and no real rules, apart from taking your time to melt the chocolate! This bark is also fun for the kids to get involved in, so let go of the
my O.C.D and let them loose with their own little creative hands 😉 You can play around with the ingredients here too, or try my Strawberry & Pistachio Chocolate Bark. I’ve kept it seasonal with this one, using sweet cranberries, creamy macadamia nuts and a little crunch from the pumpkin seeds, this bark will go down a treat with everyone. If you are making it for a gift, wrap it in some clear plastic wrap and tie it up with some pretty festive ribbon, if you decide to keep it for yourself, and I won’t judge if you do, keep it in an air tight container in the fridge. Enjoy X
Christmas Chocolate Bark
- 50 g macadamia nuts , roughly chopped
- 30 g pumpkin seeds
- 50 g dried cranberries
- 300 g dark chocolate , 70% cocoa
- 100 g good quality white chocolate
- Melt the dark chocolate in a glass bowl over a pan of simmering water, repeat with the white chocolate.
- Pour the dark chocolate onto a parchment paper lined baking tray. Tilt the tray so the chocolate reaches the edges and is evenly spread out.
- Add the white chocolate, using a wooden tooth pick swirl the white chocolate into the dark chocolate.
- Gently and evenly sprinkle the nuts over the marbles chocolate, then the seeds and finally the cranberries.
- Place in the fridge to harden for about 30 minutes.
- Use a sharp knife to cut the bark into shards.
This time last year on The Last Food Blog – Roast Vegetable Salad with Grilled Halloumi