Bittersweet Chocolate Bark with Marcona Almonds

A friend posted this video the other day and I crack up every time I think of it.

It reminds me of when I lived in Florida and was taking a walk with my husband.

One of these turtles was in the middle of the road.

Having seen enough turtles that had unfortunate encounters with cars, my husband kindly decided to move the turtle off of the road.

He gently lifted the turtle, one hand cupping each side of the shell.

Then, to our complete shock, the turtle thrust its head out impossibly far, arched around and chomped down on dearest hub’s finger.

And I mean CHOMP. Damned bugger. Made a big bloody mess.

I bit the turtle back.

No, just kidding.

Needless to say, we did not handle any more turtles even if their stupid lives appeared to be in danger.

This all has NOTHING to do with the marvelous recipe here for Marcona Almond Bark.

If you have never had a Marcona Almond, this recipe is just the excuse to try some. They are a Spanish import, sautéed in olive oil and sprinkled with sea salt. I love to include a handful of Marcona Almonds on cheese boards. Manchego is particularly good served with the almonds.

Okay, I am off topic again.

Bittersweet chocolate is just right with the crunchy, salt/sweet almonds tucked inside. Mmmmm…seriously good.

Bittersweet Chocolate Bark with Marcona Almonds

Ingredients:

1 cup plus 2 Tbs granulated sugar
9 oz Marcona almonds, coarsely chopped and sifted
1 lb bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped

Directions to make the almond brittle:

1. Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil. Put the sugar in a 2-quart heavy saucepan. Add 1/4 cup water and swirl to moisten. Cover and boil over high heat until starting to turn golden around the edges, about 4 minutes. Remove the lid and cook, swirling occasionally, until the caramel is deep amber, 3 to 4 minutes more (I only needed 1 minute longer. Be super careful here because the caramel goes from perfect to burnt in an instant). Stir in half of the nuts. Pour the mixture onto the foil-covered baking sheet, and spread to 1/8 inch thick. Cool completely at room temperature.

2. Peel the brittle off the foil, chop coarsely, and sift through a medium-fine sieve to remove the extra-small pieces and the brittle dust, which will make the chocolate bark too sweet. At this point, you can proceed with making the bark, or store the brittle in an airtight container in the freezer for up to a week.

Directions to make the chocolate bark:

1. Line two 8×8-inch pans with foil. In a 12-inch skillet, bring 1 inch of water to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat to maintain a bare simmer. Put the chocolate in a dry stainless-steel bowl that fits in the skillet and put the bowl in the simmering water bath. Stir until most of the chocolate is melted, about 5 minutes. Remove the bowl from the water—be careful not to get any water in the chocolate—and stir until smooth. (I have no idea why this improvised double boilerish was the technique of choice instead of just using the microwave. It worked fine, but seemed odd to me.) Stir in the remaining almonds and the almond brittle.

2. Divide the chocolate mixture between the prepared pans, making sure that none of the brittle is exposed. (The brittle will sweat and soften if not coated in chocolate.) Level the chocolate with a spatula. Refrigerate until firm, about 30 minutes. Turn out the bark and remove the foil. Cut into small pieces and refrigerate for up to 1 week before serving.

Recipe from Fine Cooking Magazine


Here is some music to sink your teeth into.

I heard Hipside for the first time this weekend. Fantastic. It’s by 3 1/2, an L.A. band that is part of a music collective called “COWAVE”.*

I immediately headed to the SoundCloud page to listen to more.

Loud, garagey, messy. FUN.
3 1/2-Hipside

Check out 3 1/2 on the COWAVE Website, on Facebook and SoundCloud.

You can buy the music, and also download some for free, here.

Cheers!

*Post updated on 3/27/12 to correct the band information.

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2 Responses to Bittersweet Chocolate Bark with Marcona Almonds

  1. Cheryl says:

    Where do you buy Marcona almonds?

    • My local supermarket stocks them, so I am lucky. Cheese shops and gourmet markets would also be a good place to check.

      I did a Google search and there are a few sites to get them online. One of the least expensive was this one. No doubt, Marcona almonds are pricey, but worth the splurge now and then.

      Thanks so much for stopping by!

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