Chocolate Bark With Dried Fruit and Spices

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Chocolate Bark With Dried Fruit and Spices
This rich chocolate bark studded with dried fruit and dusted with spices is inspired by a recipe for chocolate-dipped figs in the new cookbook Modern Jewish Cooking by Leah Koenig. Adding a bit of shortening to the melted chocolate keeps it shiny and smooth once it cools and saves the work of tempering. Get the recipe:Chocolate Bark With Dried Fruit and Spices. Photo: Josh Wand
Hands On Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
40 mins
Yield:
24 pieces

Ingredients

  • 24 ounces bittersweet chocolate chips

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable shortening

  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)

  • 10 dried apricots, roughly chopped

  • 6 dried figs, stems removed, roughly chopped

  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt

Directions

  1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Place the chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl and microwave in 30-second intervals, stirring in between, until melted and smooth. Add the shortening and stir until combined.

  2. Spread the chocolate mixture 1/3-inch thick on the prepared baking sheet, then sprinkle with the cinnamon, cayenne (if desired), apricots, and figs. (If necessary, use your fingers to press the dried fruit into the chocolate.) Sprinkle on the salt, then cool until firm, at least 30 minutes. To serve, break into large pieces.

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