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Chocolate Anise Bark



  • 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


  1. Line a small baking sheet with foil and chill.
  2. Finely grind anise in an electric coffee/spice grinder.
  3. Stir together cherries, apricots and cashews.
  4. Melt chocolate in a double boiler or a small metal bowl set over a small saucepan of barely simmering water, stirring occasionally, until smooth.
  5. 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.
  6. 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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