Chocolate Bark with Pistachios & Dried Cherries

With the news that dark chocolate contains some healthful properties, there is a better excuse than ever to indulge during the holiday season. Specks of green pistachios and red dried cherries in this chocolate confection make for a festive holiday gift.

Recipe from EatingWell
Ingredients
  • 3/4  cup roasted, shelled pistachios, (3 ounces), coarsely chopped
  • 3/4  cup dried cherries, or dried cranberries
  • 1   teaspoon freshly grated orange zest
  • 24   ounces bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped, divided
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Directions
1. 
Line the bottom and sides of a jelly-roll pan or baking sheet with foil. (Take care to avoid wrinkles.) Toss pistachios with cherries (or cranberries) in a medium bowl. Divide the mixture in half; stir orange zest into 1 portion.
2. 
Melt 18 ounces chocolate in a double boiler over hot water. (Alternatively, microwave on low in 30-second bursts.) Stir often with a rubber spatula so it melts evenly.
3. 
Remove the top pan and wipe dry (or remove the bowl from the microwave). Stir in the remaining 6 ounces chocolate, in 2 additions, until thoroughly melted and smooth.
4. 
Add the pistachio mixture containing the orange zest to the chocolate; stir to mix well. Working quickly, scrape the chocolate onto the prepared pan, spreading it to an even 1/4-inch thickness with a rubber spatula. Sprinkle the remaining pistachio mixture on top; gently press it into the chocolate with your fingertips. Refrigerate, uncovered, just until set, about 20 minutes.
5. 
Invert the pan onto a large cutting board. Remove the pan and peel off the foil. Using the tip of a sharp knife, score the chocolate lengthwise with 6 parallel lines. Break bark along the score lines. Break the strips of bark into 2- to 3-inch chunks.
Tip:
1. 
MAKE AHEAD TIP: Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

nutrition information

Per Serving: cal. (kcal) 79, Fat, total (g) 5, sat. fat (g) 2, carb. (g) 11, fiber (g) 2, pro. (g) 1, Potassium (mg) 26, Fruit () 0.5, Fat () 1, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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