Monday, December 14, 2009
Christmas Candy: Chocolate Orange Hazelnut Bark
Here's a christmas candy you can whip up in less than ten minutes - and it tastes great! Maybe this goes without saying but - use a chocolate that you like to eat straight up. The flavor won't be altered much, just enhanced. You can add more zest if you like - this gives a fairly subtle orange hint.
I really don't bother with tempering my chocolate - I really don't do it very well, so I just skip it. It means it'll melt quickly when touched, and I keep mine in the fridge. (Yes, yes, I know it's sacrilegious.)
Chocolate Orange Hazelnut Bark
200 g dark chocolate
120 g toasted, skinned hazelnuts
zest from one orange
pinch of flaky sea salt
Chop the chocolate and melt it in the microwave. Zest the orange and coarsely chop (or just halve) the hazelnuts. Stir in half the zest and the nuts with the chocolate, and spread in a small loaf tin or a baking pan that you've lined with baking paper or something similar. Sprinkle with the remaining zest and nuts, and a little bit of flaky sea salt. Place in the fridge to set.