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Waterleaf Restaurant's Festive Chocolate Bark
Waterleaf executive chef Jean-Louis Clerc
Once you've sampled this melt-in-your-mouth confection, you'll be tempted to fill your own candy dish with it instead of giving it away as gifts. Best to plan on making a couple of batches from the start. Just enlist a young helper - swirling the white and semisweet chocolates is a particularly popular job - and package the finished candy in see-through cellophane bags to show off the mouthwatering goods.
- 1 cup shelled pistachio nuts (about 1/2 pound in shell
- 12 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
- 8 ounces white chocolate, chopped
- 3/4 cup dried, sweetened cranberries
- Heat the oven to 350º and lightly toast the pistachio nuts on a
baking sheet, about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Let the nuts
- Melt the semisweet chocolate in the top of a double boiler set
over simmering water, stirring until smooth. Or microwave it, in a
dry microwave-safe bowl, uncovered, on medium power for 2 to 3
minutes, stirring once. Remove the chocolate from the microwave and
stir until smooth. Melt the white chocolate separately, following
the same directions.
- In a small bowl, combine the nuts and cranberries, and then
stir half of them into the semisweet chocolate. Using a spatula,
spread the mixture to about a 1/2-inch thickness on a large cookie
sheet. Drop the white chocolate by tablespoonful over the dark.
With the tip of a butter knife, swirl the chocolates together to
create a marbled effect. Sprinkle on the rest of the nuts and
- Refrigerate the bark for about 1 hour or until firm, then break
it into pieces. Store the bark in an airtight container in the
refrigerator for up to a month. Makes about 1 3/4 pounds.