Chocolate Anise Bark
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- 1 teaspoon anise seeds
- 1/3 cup dried tart cherries
- 1/3 cup dried apricots, coarsely chopped
- 1/3 cup salted roasted cashews, coarsely chopped
- 6 ounces fine-quality bittersweet chocolate (not unsweetened), finely chopped
- Line a small baking sheet with foil and chill.
- Finely grind anise in an electric coffee/spice grinder.
- Stir together cherries, apricots and cashews.
- Melt chocolate in a double boiler or a small metal bowl set over a small
saucepan of barely simmering water, stirring occasionally, until smooth.
- Stir in anise and half of fruit and spoon onto center of baking sheet. Spread
with a rubber spatula into a roughly 10- x 5-inch rectangle and sprinkle with
remaining fruit mixture, pressing lightly to help adhere.
- Chill until firm, about 30 minutes, then break into pieces.
Yield: 6 pieces
Bark keeps, covered and chilled, 1 week.
Source: Gourmet - November 2000
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