Disclaimer: I am not advocating giving your child’s- or even your- teacher a sound, or a lump of tree.
I have read a lot about something called ‘bark’ which is not, so far as I am aware, a thing in the UK. Yet.
Now that I have made it I think I may have to bring the whole concept to your attention. If ever there were a simple, pretty and tasty treat that is easy to make for teachers, doctors, nurses, bin men, lollipop persons, neighbours, vicars or people you cannot think what to buy, this is it.
Really, the concept involves chocolate. Melted, spread and sprinkled with stuff.
When set, you break it up into toffee-sized bits, package it beautifully and change your middle name to Nigella, or Martha.
It is win squared. Win cubed. Win to the power I ROCK.
- 400g white chocolate
- 400g plain chocolate
- 8 glace cherries, halved or quartered
- 1 handful dried cranberries
- 1 handful dried mixed peel
- Edible glitter stars
- *you can also add nuts- I prefer the colour of pistachio- but I was making this for the children's teachers and they are in a NutFree School.*
- Melt the plain chocolate in your usual way (I put mine in a pan on the back of the Aga and forget about it)
- Pour melted chocolate into a lined tin about 20cm square
- Leave to set a little, then whilst it's half-set, melt the white chocolate in a clean pan or bowl.
- Meanwhile, sprinkle the gubbins over your semi-set plain chocolate, arranging the bits so that every bite will have a bit of fruit in it.
- Pour over melted white chocolate and gently even out to the edges, pushing with the back of a spoon or spatula, but being gentle so as not to move all the fruit.
- Sprinkle with glitter stars.
- Leave to set completely then break into pieces a bit like you would with toffee, wrap beautifully and set out to meet your new best friends.