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Chocolate Anise Bark

Makes6 pieces
  • Active time:15 min
  • Start to finish:45 min
November 2000
A sweet snack, full of chewy dried cherries and apricots, to nibble or wrap as a gift.
  • 1 teaspoon anise seeds
  • 1/3 cup dried tart cherries
  • 1/3 cup dried apricots, coarsely chopped
  • 1/3 cup salted roasted cashews, coarsely chopped
  • 6 oz fine-quality bittersweet chocolate (not unsweetened), finely chopped
  • Line a small baking sheet with foil and chill.
  • Finely grind anise in an electric coffee/spice grinder.
  • Stir together cherries, apricots, and cashews.
  • Melt chocolate in a double boiler or a small metal bowl set over a small saucepan of barely simmering water, stirring occasionally, until smooth.
  • Stir in anise and half of fruit and spoon onto center of baking sheet. Spread with a rubber spatula into a roughly 10- by 5-inch rectangle and sprinkle with remaining fruit mixture, pressing lightly to help adhere.
  • Chill until firm, about 30 minutes, then break into pieces.
Cooks' note: Bark keeps, covered and chilled, 1 week.