The time has come for another recipe, this time more successful than my previous one (click the link if you feel like laughing at my snickerdoodles). I actually made this chocolate bark about a week ago and there is absolutely nothing left. Nothing!
I might have mentioned it before, but as much as I love baking something always goes wrong. I either read the recipe incorrectly, try to take thing
s into my own hands or skip the preparation and find myself running around trying to sift the flour three times before my egg whites deflate while Googling a suitable substitute for baking soda. I never learn and I am literally the cause of my own misery. I used to bake quite often, but these days I save it for after I have thought about the recipe for about a month (which is, in fact, what happened here).
This time everything went well (probably because I wasn’t actually baking) and I am happy with the outcome. I have been so busy with assignments and they have been driving me crazy. Not only is it coding, but I am coding in two langues for two different modules and making approximately 10.5 million programs for each of them. The other day I got a paper cut which means I can officially say that blood, sweat and tears have gone into those assignments. As you can tell, my time is limited, which is why I chose to make chocolate bark. It is quick, easy and so worth it.
There is no specific recipe that I chose to use for this, I kind of just went with my gut feeling (hence, “An Original Recipe“). If you want this to taste like the best thing you’ve ever eaten, I would recommend using a good quality chocolate (my favourites being Cadbury and Lindt). I used two large slabs of Cadbury Dairy Milk chocolate and a slab of Cadbury Dream White Chocolate. You could definitely stretch it to three large slabs of milk chocolate, but definitely not less than two large slabs if you want a decent size. The white chocolate was for my mediocre attempt at marbling, which you obviously don’t have to do. For the toppings, I used some speckled eggs, Cadbury Mini Oreo Eggs cut in half, mini marshmallows, and hollow chocolate eggs that I halved and filled with chocolate and sprinkles.If you’re wondering where I found the Cadbury Mini Oreo Eggs, they were at Clicks in Canal Walk for some ridiculously high price. The mini marshmallows that I used are from Woolworths.
You could look at this recipe in two ways:
- This is a cute way to change things up a bit this Easter by giving out chocolate bark rather than traditional Easter eggs and chocolate bunnies.
- This is a clever way to throw all of your leftover Easter treats into one huge piece of stuff.
I prefer the latter because I can’t justify breaking tradition… ever. What is Easter without an overpriced chocolate bunny anyway?
I guess there’s no right or wrong way to make chocolate bark, other than not burning the chocolate when you melt it of course, and the more you screw it up the more “abstract” it looks (which makes me wonder how Picasso would decorate his).
- 2+ Large Cadbury Dairy Milk Chocolate Slabs
- 1 Cadbury Dream White Chocolate Slab
- Pink & Blue Food Colouring
- 1 cup Toppings
- Prepare a baking tray with wax paper.
- Place all of your milk chocolate in a microwave safe bowl.
- Heat for 30 seconds in the microwave. At this point, the chocolate will not be melted, but give it a little stir in any case.
- Repeat step 3 until most of the chocolate is melted, and then stir until it is all smooth.
- Repeat step 3 and 4 with the white chocolate.
- Separate the white chocolate into two separate bowls and mix food colouring in each until you get your desired colours.
- Pour all of the milk chocolate onto the wax paper and spread until your desired size.
- Using a spoon or whatever contraption your heart desires, drizzle the white chocolate over the milk chocolate. You can marble this by running a toothpick through the chocolate (I used the back of a spoon).
- Immediately sprinkle your toppings on and put the entire tray into the fridge.
- After it has solidified, you can use whatever method you prefer to break the chocolate (heated knife, hands, hammer...).