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10 Minute Chocolates: Cheater’s Florentines and coconut ginger almond bark

In my humble opinion, dark chocolate is perfect just as it is. But, just for arguement’s sake, let’s say you’ve suddenly remembered that you promised to host the bookclub this week and everyone is coming round in half an hour. How could you possibly get something ready for snacking on AND get yourself looking sweet AND do a last minute hoover-round? Sounds like a usual scenario, no? Fear not! Well, if you haven’t read the pages you were supposed to, fear a little. But, about the snacks…here are two things you can make that look really nice, and need only basic ingredients, in about ten minutes: Cheater’s Florentines and coconut ginger almond bark.

You need:

2 120 g bars of dark chocolate

shredded coconut

dried cranberries

crystalised ginger (chopped into small pieces)

sliced almonds

You do this:

Cover  two baking trays in greaseproof paper. Put one aside and place a single layer of a mix of the cranberries, almonds and crystalised ginger on the second tray.

Fill a small bowl with sliced almonds and ginger and set aside. This is for the bark.

Melt the chocolate using a double boiler or the microwave being careful not to over cook it. If using the microwave, only cook in 20 second bursts, stirring in between each time.

Drop teaspoonfuls of chocolate onto the tray that is filled with the mixed fruit and nuts. These should be bite sized.

Spread half the remaining chocolate very thinly across the other tray and sprinkle with the ginger and almond mixture adding coconut to taste.

Finally cover the bark with the remaining half of the chocolate.

Let it all set in the fridge for about 10 minutes (OK, that equals 20 minutes. So, I lied.) or so and they are ready!

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7 Responses to "10 Minute Chocolates: Cheater’s Florentines and coconut ginger almond bark"

  1. Marie says:

    Thanks, Richard. All the research (that I choose to read and believe) says that dark chocolate is good for you so, go for it! Where are you now? I must catch up on your blog…and on my own blogs.

  2. Richard says:

    I find myself suddenly craving chocolate. Dark chocolate in particular. Must… resist :)

    These look amazing Marie.

  3. Marie says:

    Dried figs, cashews, sesame seeds, genius! I think I need to do this again. Now I’m inspired to go up and down every aisle of the supermarket to find more variables. It’s all about the variables.

  4. Hannah says:

    Oooh, what a good idea! I, too, like my chocolate straight, but there is that dilemmna of having people over who don’t get the same thrill out of being served a block of fancy-pants artisan chocolate 😉 I think I currently have dried figs, cashews, and sesame seeds in my house… they’d probably taste good in this recipe?

  5. Marie says:

    Thank you Shiela and Anna! Admittedly, they lasted only slightly longer in our house than they took to make.

  6. Shiela says:

    Oh yes – this must be made in our house… YUMMY!!!

  7. Fabulous idea, so quick n easy too. Love it.

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