Easter is, if you hadn't clocked, at the end of this week. If you’re anything like me, it crept up on you whilst you were busy doing something else, namely trying to keep your shit together. Now I love Easter, it brings back a lot of happy childhood memories of being allowed to eat chocolate for breakfast, Easter egg hunts that brought out my fiercely competitive streak, big family lunches of delicious, moist roast lamb with crispy potatoes and tearing around in the great outdoors, weaving in and out of daffodils, high on Cadbury Cream eggs. Bliss.
I realised this morning that it was in a matter of days and I’d better spring into action! I’m hosting lunch over here on Sunday and I wanted to try and recreate some of that idyllic childhood magic for the grown-ups. So, rather than buying everyone an Easter egg I decided to make something a bit more fun and visually exciting: chocolate bark with Easter eggs chucked on top! I intend to make everyone work for it too! Best believe, there will be grown-ups as well as a toddler exploring my small garden looking for goodies on Easter Sunday!
Chocolate bark is super simple to make and although there are tonnes of recipes out there I felt this simple joy also deserved a home here. In fact it’s more a technique than a recipe. You melt chocolate gently, then pour it out onto greaseproof paper, tease it into the shape you want then adorn it with whatever the hell you like. It’s that simple. Chocolate bark is also really fun to make, be warned you may have to stop yourself from going OTT with what you sprinkle on top but being real, more is more. Below is what you see pictured but honestly you can add what you like, as you can see at the bottom I also did another batch with Cadbury Cream eggs cut in half and plonked on top.
The below makes thinish bark which is enough for two. If you want really thick and stocky looking bark then I’d go for 400G dark chocolate and don’t spread it out too thin
200g Dark chocolate
50g White chocolate
A handful of salted pretzels slightly crushed but leave some whole
A handful of Cadbury Mini Eggs
1. Create a Bain Marie (you’ll need one for white and one for dark if using both) – put a bowl over gently simmering water, making sure it’s a snug fit and the bottom of the bowl isn’t touching the water. The key is to keep the heat low and not to burn your chocolate
2. Break your dark chocolate into smallish pieces and put into the bowl over the simmering water and let melt, stirring occasionally. Do the same with the white chocolate if you plan on using it. Now a note on white chocolate, it is high maintenance and doesn’t like a high heat, it will catch and turn hard. So, slow and gentle is the name of the game here. If it turns into a hot mess, don’t despair, you can still dollop it on and then use a toothpick or knife to create a marble effect and no one will know any different
3. Whilst your chocolate is melting, line a baking tray with greaseproof paper and have a spatula ready. Also, get whatever you decide to top your bark with to hand so you can grab it
4. Once your dark chocolate has melted, remove it from the pan and let it cool slightly. You want it to be room temperature when you pour it out, this takes approximately five minutes
5. Carefully pour the chocolate out onto the greaseproof paper, teasing it into a rectangle shape as you go. If you want to marble white chocolate into it sprinkle it over now then drag a toothpick or kebab skewer up and down it to create a pretty pattern
6. Now for the best bit! Sprinkle whatever you like on top and don’t stop until you get enough
7. Once happy with your masterpiece, put the baking tray in the fridge and let cool for a couple of hours before taking out and gently snapping into shards of goodness.
Tip: To avoid melting the bark with your hands as you snap it, leaving fingerprints all over it, just pull the greaseproof paper up around the sides and snap it when covered.
That’s it. If you’re feeling fancy, bag it up nicely or wrap in parchment and, if you can face parting ways with it, give it to people you actually like and watch the expression of joy appear on their face. Job done, you can tell that Bunny you got Easter sorted this year!