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Chocolate Bark

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chocolate bark
This spiced, nutty chocolate bark makes a nice holiday gift or addition to a holiday cookie plate.

Ingredients

Makes 20 pieces.

2 cups semisweet chocolate chips or 16-ounce bittersweet chocolate bar, broken into pieces
1 teaspoon ground cardamom
1/4 cup dried mulberries
1/4 cup dried tart cherries
3/4 cup almonds, toasted and coarsely chopped
1/2 cup pistachios, toasted and coarsely chopped
Pinch of fleur de sel, Maldon, or kosher salt

Directions

1. Grease a baking sheet, and line it with parchment paper.

2. Melt the chocolate in a large stainless steel bowl placed over (not touching) simmering water in a pot. Add the cardamom, and stir to dissolve for a couple of minutes. Turn off the heat, and stir in half of the mulberries, cherries, almonds, and pistachios.

3. Remove the bowl from the heat, and dry the bottom with a towel. Pour the chocolate onto the prepared baking sheet. With an offset or rubber spatula, spread the chocolate in a wide rectangle about 1/4 inch thick. Sprinkle with the remaining nuts, dried fruit, and the coffee beans, and press them gently into the chocolate. Dust with the salt.

4. Cool in the refrigerator for about 2 hours, until hard. When firm, slide chocolate onto a cutting board, and cut or break it into pieces. Keep it refrigerated until just before serving.

Recipe printed with permission from The New Persian Kitchen by Louisa Shafia.
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