November 29, 2012

Homemade Gifts: White Chocolate Bark with Fruit & Granola {Naptime Entertaining}

White Chocolate Bark via The Naptime Chef

Since we are on the topic of homemade gifts I want to share another one of my favorite small batch gift recipes: White Chocolate Bark with Fruit & Granola. This sweet, crunchy bark first came about when I was attempting Ina Garten’s recipe for White Chocolate Bark and realized I was out of walnuts. Instead, I tossed on some homemade Dried Cherry Granola followed by a handful of toasted sliced almonds and a new holiday recipe was born!

Like the biscotti, this recipe comes together in a snap and is great for taking to friends and family. (Unlike the biscotti, however, it does not ship perfectly, especially to warm climates, so keep that in mind!) This recipe also happens to be a particular favorite for entertaining. When celebrating at home I break it into small pieces and pile it in a pretty bowl for people to munch on after dinner. When gifting it I wrap big chunks in tissue paper and place it in decorative tins.

If you don’t have a batch of homemade granola on hand when making this feel free to substitute your favorite store brand. It does look particularly pretty if there are dried cherries or cranberries in the mix, they make the bark look bejeweled for the holidays. If you have plain granola simply chopped up some dried apricots and cherries and scatter them on top!

Recipe

White Chocolate Bark with Fruit & Granola

Ingredients

4 bars (16 ounces) white chocolate, finely chopped
¾ cup granola with dried fruit (preferably dried cherries or dried cranberries) OR ½ cup plain granola with ¼ cup chopped dried fruit
¼ cup sliced almonds, lightly toasted

Instructions

1. Line a half baking sheet with aluminum foil and set aside.

2. Place the chocolate in a glass bowl and heat in the microwave in 20-second increments, stirring after each heating. Once it is a smooth stop microwaving.

3. Spread the cooled chocolate on the lined baking sheet in an 8 x 10 rectangle – or about that size.  Sprinkle the top evenly with the granola and the toasted almonds.

4. Slide the baking sheet into the refrigerator so it lays flat for at least 1 hour. Test with your finger after an hour of chilling. Once it is completely solid to the touch break it into desired sized pieces and serve.

Naptime Notes

Naptime Recipe Serving ideas

This awesome bark is delicious when made so many ways. In lieu of granola try adding more chopped toasted nuts and dried fruit. Hazelnuts and a drizzle of melted Nutella on top would be excellent too!

Naptime Stopwatch

10 minutes prep time, 1 hour cook time (including chilling time)

Naptime Reviews

I love giving this as gifts to my friends who are candy lovers! It is also wonderful for hostesses because they can put it out for guests!

 

 

  • Saira Malik

    People can buy their organic fruit gifts from their web store. Gifts to Pakistan are offering a variety of gifts baskets of their fresh organic fruit at reasonable prices.

  • Nermeen Ayman

    good