Dark Chocolate Bark with Pistachios, Sweetened Dried Cherries, and Pumpkin Seeds Recipe

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Miriam Published: September 22, 2021
Dark Chocolate Bark with Pistachios, Sweetened Dried Cherries, and Pumpkin Seeds Recipe

How To Make Dark Chocolate Bark with Pistachios, Sweetened Dried Cherries, and Pumpkin Seeds

In less than an hour, you can whip up this dark chocolate bark that’s filled with pumpkin seeds, pistachios, & dried cherries- perfect for holiday gifting.

Preparation: 20 minutes
Cooking: 20 minutes
Total: 40 minutes

Serves:

Ingredients

  • ½cuppistachios,dry-roasted, salted
  • ¾cuptart cherries,coarsely chopped sweetened, dried
  • ½cuppumpkin seeds,toasted
  • 1lbbittersweet chocolate,(at least 64 percent cacao)

Instructions

  1. Line an 11×17-inch baking sheet with parchment paper. Combine pistachios, dried cherries, and pumpkin seeds in a bowl. Set aside half a cup of mixture.

  2. Using a microwave, place ¾ of chocolate in a microwave-safe glass or ceramic bowl (set aside remaining chocolate). Program microwave at 50 percent power. With bowl uncovered, heat chocolate for 30 seconds and then stir with a rubber spatula.

  3. Repeat, heating for 30 seconds and then stirring, until almost all the chocolate in the bowl is melted, about 4 minutes total. Using an instant-read thermometer, check temperature of chocolate. It should be no more than 115 degrees F.

  4. If it hasn’t reached desired temperature, continue to heat (in 10-second increments). Then add reserved chocolate and stir constantly until completely melted and smooth and thermometer reads 88 degrees to 90 degrees F. Chocolate is now tempered.

  5. Stir nut mixture into bowl containing chocolate. Using an offset spatula, spread chocolate in an even layer, about 1/4 inch thick, on the parchment.

  6. Sprinkle with reserved half a cup nut mixture. Allow bark to cool until hard, at least 20 minutes. Break into irregular pieces.

  7. Wrap in gift boxes or airtight tins lined with decorative waxed paper, or place in cellophane bags and tie with ribbon. Chocolate bark will last several weeks.

Nutrition

  • Calories: 196.10kcal
  • Fat: 13.07g
  • Saturated Fat: 5.97g
  • Trans Fat: 0.00g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 4.70g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 1.76g
  • Carbohydrates: 21.86g
  • Fiber: 2.59g
  • Sugar: 17.51g
  • Protein: 3.48g
  • Sodium: 3.90mg
  • Calcium: 17.20mg
  • Potassium: 200.59mg
  • Iron: 1.51mg
  • Vitamin A: 5.86µg
  • Vitamin C: 1.09mg
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