Monday, 2 March 2015

Dark Chocolate Cowboy Bark (Secret Recipe Club)

Cowboy bark

My assignment for the Secret Recipe Club this month was Cindy from Hun... What's For Dinner?

Cindy has loads of great recipes to choose from. I was seriously tempted by her tex-mex rice parcels, but we're trying to clear out our freezer and pantry at the moment, so buying all the extra ingredients was out of the question.

Instead, I went for something that sounded not only delicious, but a great way to use up a bunch of half-finished packets that were hanging around.

It's called cowboy bark.

I'd never heard of this before, but the idea seems to originate with Trader Joe's in the US. I always shop there if I'm in the States for long enough to need groceries, but somehow this had passed me by.

I made a few adjustments to Cindy's recipe, primarily by skipping the Oreos (I'm not a fan) and reducing some of the other quantities as the tray filled up. I also skipped the extra salt, since the pretzels and nuts are already salted.

Cowboy Bark

Cowboy Bark
Serves 4

400g dark chocolate
1 cup salted pretzel snacks
⅓cup salted peanuts
⅓cup roast almonds
⅓cup fudge pieces

  1. Measure out all the ingredients in advance, and line a deep baking tray with greaseproof paper.
  2. Roughly chop the almonds.
  3. Melt the chocolate in a bain marie or (carefully!) in the microwave. Keep back about a quarter, and grate it, to stir in once the majority has melted; this will temper the chocolate and give a cleaner break.
  4. Pour the melted chocolate onto the greaseproof paper, and smooth with the back of a spoon.
  5. Arrange the pretzels over the chocolate surface.
  6. Sprinkle over the peanuts, almonds, and fudge pieces.
  7. Allow to cool before eating.


Rachel said...

Intriguing. Did you like it?

Helen at Casa Costello said...

Brilliant recipe choice - Good luck with the cupboard clear out - I can never get past day 3! #secretrecipeclub

Anna Hagen said...

I try cleaning out my pantry and freezer occasionally, but then I go shopping and get more stuff.

This looks absolutely Amazing! I simply must make it soon.

Avril said...

I have yet to try my hand at "Cowboy Bark" - so glad you did as it looks delicious! :-)

Lisa said...

Wow, that bark looks like it has the best of everything in it.

Amanda Eisenberg said...

I've never seen this at Trader Joe's before but now I have to find it!!! Great SRC pick

Karen S Booth said...

OH YES please Rachel - that looks amazing! Fabulous SRC pick too! Karen

Danielle Miller said...

I love the sweet and salty combo - yum!

Chit Chat Chomp said...

This looks amazing - great choice. I had the pleasure of having your blog this month and I so loved the dish I picked. I've been eating it for breakfast topped with a boiled egg and it has seen me right through to lunchtime. It also gave me an excuse to pull out my favourite French yoghurt jars! Thanks Rachel! :)

Fiver Feeds said...

This looks AMAZING, I love it!

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