I’m very much into all the Christmas happenings and festivities, including the marvellous edible Christmas treats. It’s just that I don’t like to cook them myself. I’m actually not a bad cook, but I’m very lazy in the kitchen and I’d rather eat things which other people cook or bake rather than do it myself. Take this special chocolate bark, for instance.
I reckon it’s a triple winner because:
- it’s super easy to make (especially when someone else does it)
- it’s delicious
- it looks really pretty.
As a bonus, the little ones in your life can actively help and it’s not too difficult with not too many ‘rules’ to abide by. Last year, my Mr T thought it would be wonderful to make his own bonbons and include granddaughter as part of the fun. As it turns out, bonbon making requires a certain degree of precision with taping and gluing and cutting paper neatly, all of which are a challenge for chubby young fingers. It was all a bit much for Miss 3 who pronounced at the end: ‘I thought it would be funner.’
No such issue with this chocolate bark. Very little precision is required: whatever the kids (or you) chuck on the top looks good.
This post is largely borrowed from the delightful @GeorgeandGouma, who not only bakes Christmas delights, but produces gorgeous children to cook Christmas treats with.
Here’s what you need to know about making chocolate Christmas bark.
This was our fun and (relatively) easy Christmas cooking activity for the kids and it doubled as their gifts for the school teachers. So many requests for the recipe so here it is!
- Melt nine blocks of broken up chocolate (3 white, 3 milk and 3 dark) in separate bowls over simmering water.
- Pour the chocolate mix into baking trays lined with baking paper.
- Let the kids (or adults if you don’t have kids) sprinkle the chocolate with little treats like freeze dried raspberries and strawberries, desiccated coconut, pieces of orange zest, or chopped cranberries, figs and pistachios. Whatever takes your fancy. A little sea salt on dark chocolate is lovely.
- We also put some tiny dried rose petals on and flicked the chocolate over the top in little drizzles (in contrasting colours) for decoration.
- I had visions of combinations like orange and cranberry with dark chocolate but the kids went rogue and chucked on everything together of course.
- Place in the fridge to set.
- When set, break into pieces and bag up in little cellophane bags (so you can see how pretty it is). Tie with string and gift tags. These ones from @pennedblack.
Boom! How simple is that?
And I didn’t have to lift a finger!
What’s your favourite Christmas treat? Have you been baking?