About this recipe
Chocolate has been promoted as a healthy ingredient for a variety of reasons, including its flavanol content, which can have a positive effect on heart health. However, simply adding your favourite
chocolate bar to your regular diet and expecting it to benefit your health is misguided.
Chocolate may have been found to have some marginal benefits, but it’s your overall lifestyle that determines health outcomes. That being said, I eat a small amount of good-quality dark chocolate as a treat.
The bitter notes of chocolate with 75 per cent (or higher) cocoa content can be overwhelming for those used to the average high-street chocolate bar, so I’ve introduced other sweet notes into this bark recipe, which will help ease you into appreciating the deep flavours of dark chocolate.
- 200g Dark chocolate (minimum 70% cocoa solids), broken into small pieces
- 15g Shelled, unsalted pistachios, roughly chopped
- 15g Walnuts, roughly chopped
- Grated zest of ½ small orange
- Small pinch of ground cinnamon
- 150g Blackberries or a selection of seasonal fruits such as nectarines, pears, apples or raspberries
Set a heatproof bowl over a pan of simmering water, making sure the bowl doesn’t touch the water.
Place the chocolate into the bowl and let it melt, stirring it occasionally. Meanwhile, line a small baking tray or chopping board with baking parchment.
Spread the melted chocolate over the tray to a thickness of about 3mm. Scatter all the remaining ingredients (apart from the fresh fruit) evenly over the melted chocolate and place in the freezer for
20–25 minutes to harden.
Snap and enjoy with seasonal fruits.