Monday, November 15, 2010

Cranberry and Walnut White Chocolate Bark



Cranberry and Walnut White Chocolate Bark

Sometimes the simplest recipes bring the most delightful results.  I like to add just a touch of home baked to entertaining menus or gifts and this recipe is a perfect way to do just that.  The bark is easy to make and looks gorgeous in a little cellophane bag or a metal tin tied with a ribbon and a card.  I like to make these to give as gifts or just have in my home for when friends come over.  I particularly love the colors of this combination for fall but you can add anything you like from other candies to all sorts of nuts and dried fruit to make a bark that you'd like to bite.

Recipe:
Ingredients:
12 oz. or 1 bag of white chocolate chips
1/4 cup of walnuts
1/4 cup of pecans
1/4 cup of dried cranberries

In the microwave melt almost all the chocolate chips for 30 seconds, save just a handful.  Stir the mixture and microwave it for another 20 seconds.  If the chocolate is completely melted stir in the remaining handful to bring down the temperature, if it isn't then just put it back for another 10-15 seconds before doing so.  Pour the melted chocolate over a parchment lined baking sheet to cool but be careful not to let it spread all the way to the edges.  Use a spatula or spoon to spread the chocolate evenly in about a 1/4 inch layer.



Sprinkle over the nuts and cranberries on the chocolate, pressing the pieces in just a bit to make sure they'll stay put.  Allow the bark to cool for 2 hours or in the refrigerator for about 20 minutes.  Lift out the parchment paper and peel it off before cutting the bark.  Because this is homemade I like the pieces to be chopped very roughly into lots of differently shaped pieces.


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