I love chocolate and making your own chocolate slabs is a sure-fire way to get your favourite taste combinations, and also makes a really pretty gift – plus (and most importantly if you are me) it is quick and easy to do, the only bit that takes any time is waiting for it to set, and fortunately you can pass this time sat on the sofa in the company of Netflix.
I made two different kinds this time – a spiced chocolate slab, topped with cranberries and roasted hazelnuts, and a white chocolate slab finished with crumbled candy cane.
For the spiced chocolate slab I melted 200g of milk chocolate with 100g of dark chocolate. Once melted I stirred in half a teaspoon of Waitrose signature spice, which is a combo of all the usual Christmas spices – cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, all spice etc (you could use any combo of those for the same sort of flavour if you don’t have a Waitrose!) – then the chocolate was spread in a rough rectangle onto baking paper. I added two triangles of melted white chocolate (approx 75g) which I teased into vaguely Christmas tree shapes with a skewer. The toppings were added straight away to make sure they bonded properly – I opted for whole dried cranberries, chopped roasted hazelnuts and a sprinkling of edible gold stars.
For the white chocolate slab I used the remainder of my white chocolate bar (so roughly 125g) and this time opted to shape the melted delight into a rough circle. Again be quick to add your topping, on this occasion some candy cane that had had my frustrations taken out on it. You can give a gentle pat with a bit of baking paper to make sure your toppings adhere properly.
Then walk away. Put your feet up for an hour or two until the chocolate slabs have completely set. Up to you at this point how you choose to present the finished article. As I had adorned the spiced chocolate slabs with Christmas Trees, I opted to cut these parts into rectangle shapes to retain the design. The trimmings were cut into shards. With the white chocolate circle I went for pizza like triangular slices – but equally it would have made a pretty gift left whole and wrapped in cellophane tied off with a bow.
To make the ‘Tree Bars’ gift worthy I simply wrapped in greaseproof and tissue paper, finished with a festive ribbon. These may make their way to school as Teachers gifts, or they may accidentally fall into my mouth first. The left over shards of spiced chocolate and the triangular candy cane treats were popped into a gift box with more tissue paper, and left on the kitchen table where my boys found it and dived in after school, but would have made a lovely gift too!
Simple yet both pretty and delicious, what flavours would you add to make your perfect chocolate treat?
Love Miss Cisco XXX