Well whatever the reason, I just a need an excuse to cook or bake and share it with friends.
After the cookies I decided to make these Festive Chocolate Fruit and Nut Squares. Sweet and dark chocolate with dried fruits and toasted nuts, a feast to the palette.
You will need:
9 1/2 ounces semisweet chocolate, finely chopped
8 ounces bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
1 cup whole or split roasted, salted cashews
1 cup chopped dried apricots
1/2 cup chopped dried plums
1 tsp Orange zest plus more for garnish
Melt the 2 chocolates in a heatproof bowl set over a pan of simmering water.
Meanwhile, line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Using a ruler and a pencil, draw a 9 by 10-inch rectangle on the paper. Turn the paper face down on the baking sheet.
Pour the melted chocolate over the paper and spread to form a rectangle, using the outline. Sprinkle the cashews, apricots and plums over the chocolate. Also sprinkle the orange zest on top.
Set aside for 2 hours until firm. Cut the chocolate into squares and serve at room temperature.
Festive Chocolate Fruit & Nut Squares is my entry to the event "AFAM - Dry Fruits" hosted by Latha of The Yum blog.
Also, the picture below is my entry to Bee & Jai's "CLICK - Show us Your Nuts"
Happy Holidays everyone!! :)
This is also an entry to Bindiya's event "These are a few of my favourite things -- Chocolate".