The recipe for chocolate bark is simple, only takes a few minutes and no matter what kind of bark you're making you'll use relatively the same ingredients, melted chocolate topped with whatever you want.
Nothing says holidays like a great piece of chocolate bark. It's an easy and fancy dessert or perfect to wrap up and give away as gifts.
chocolate bark with papaya, pecans & orange liquor
After you select the type of chocolate you like, dark, milk or white, the rest is up to your imagination! I love this mixture of flavors. The orange liquor mixed with chocolate is one of my favorite combos. Add to that the sweetness of the papaya combined with the savory pecans and you've got a winner here!
Melting the chocolate:
Many bark recipes recommend melting the chocolate using a microwave-safe bowl in the microwave at 50% power and heating the chocolate in 30-second increments. But I prefer to use a double boiler method because I can closely watch it and prevent it from accidentally getting too hot.
1 lb bittersweet dark chocolate
2 tbsp orange liquor, warm
1 cup roasted pecans
½ cup candied papaya pieces
¼ cup of fresh orange zest
Using a double boiler, simmer the water until steaming. Continue simmering and add chocolate in one-inch pieces until it is a liquid consistency.
Stir in the warm orange liquor.
On a parchment-lined baking sheet using a rubber spatula spread the melted chocolate out to a ¼ inch to ½ inch consistency and allow it to set for 2 minutes.
You may use bittersweet chocolate chips, rather than a bar if desired.
It's optional to add a tablespoon of vegetable oil or shortening to the chocolate as it will help it melt more evenly.