Thursday, February 21, 2013

Grab the Last of the Pomegranates and Make This!

Do you love pomegranates? Do you love Chocolate? Well, run don't walk to grab the last pomegranates of the season and make this easy peasy chocolate pomegranate bark and enjoy the way those juicy pomegranate seeds pop as you are biting into this delicious chocolate wonder! I am not a candy-maker, but even I can do this!

Pomegranate~Chocolate Bark
gently adapted from fineCooking

What you need:
10 oz. bittersweet chocolate (60% cacao), broken into 1-inch pieces
1 cup fresh pomegranate seeds (from 1 large pomegranate)

1/4 tsp. fine sea salt

First, line a backing sheet with waxed paper, or, like I did, a silicone baking sheet.

Then seed 1 large pomegranate. You need about cup. I do several at one time (since it can be messy) and freeze the rest to add to salads all year long! Click here to see the method I use.

Then grab a heat safe glass bowl, put the chocolate in the bowl and fit it on top of a sauce pan of boiling water, (just enough water so that it is boiling but not hitting the bottom of the bowl). Also...and this is always important when melting not let water get into the bowl, as the chocolate will seize. Stir with a wooden spoon until the chocolate is completely melted and smooth.

Very gently, so as not to crush the seeds, fold half the pomegranates into the chocolate, breaking up any clumps with your fingers, then fold in 1/4 tsp of fine sea salt.

Scrape the entire bowl onto your prepared baking sheet, sprinkle the remaining pomegranate seeds evenly over the top and gently press them into the chocolate.

Refrigerate until set, about 30 minutes. Break the bark into chunks with your hands, again, trying not to crush the seeds...or eat it all!! 
The contrast of the bright red seeds with the chocolate is so pretty and looks great on a buffet and, can I say, is somewhat guilt free? This will keep for about five days in the refrigerator. Yum!

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