Mangia: Chocolate Discs.


This past Sunday, I had a wonderful morning curled up on the couch at Nanna and Grandad's house with Nanna watching food shows. Usually she's watching the Italian mass, but Italian TV has been acting up lately and when that happens it's all about the Food.


Every channel we flicked over to was playing some kind of new food programme and the dishes people were making looked incredible. Barefoot Contessa was on the Food Network, so we watched her make a festive feast for her friends; our mouths watering wishing we could taste her dishes through the TV screen. 

One thing she made that looked super easy was chocolate bark. As we watched her pour shiny melted chocolate onto a tray I asked Nanna what she would have in her own chocolate bar...you can see where this is going!! ;) I managed to whip some up on Wednesday night and Nanna couldn't stop nibbling them on Thursday, which made me so happy. Her answer to my question was walnuts and raisins, but I added a few cranberries for an Autumn touch and also for a little sweetness as I used all dark chocolate, which is better for Nanna. 


Barefoot Contessa used a mixture of dark and semi-sweet chocolate and she used 8oz of each. She also poured the chocolate into a big rectangle so she could break it up for smores. I had a play around with it, because I didn't want to make too much the first time round and I wanted to make smaller pieces for Nanna from the start, which is why I opted for little discs. 

You can top the chocolate with whatever it is you want, maybe even drizzle over some white chocolate? Lucy and I are going to make some topped with ginger this weekend and with less intense dark chocolate, although this one was really good. 

What you need: This made about 9 medium sized discs.

100g 85% Intense Dark Chocolate (I used Tesco's own.)
2 rows of Tesco's regular dark chocolate. (This is a little bit sweeter.)
Chopped walnuts.
Dried cranberries.
Raisins.

Toppings of your choice.

What to do:

Melt both chocolates over a double boiler. 

Set up a tray with parchment paper. (I had none and used foil, thankfully it didn't stick when removing them with a spatula.)

Once the chocolate has melted, keep over the double boiler as you spoon circles onto the tray. 

Sprinkle on your toppings. I did two at a time, just so the chocolate didn't set before I could put the toppings on. 

When you've finished your discs, leave them in a cool place to set. Once they have, place them in a tupperware box until ready to eat! 

Note: This might be obvious to some, but I'll just let you in on it in case you don't know. From experience don't put the chocolate in the fridge to set. We've found in the past that while it sets quicker, it also means that you then have to keep it in the fridge. Otherwise when you take it out it will start to shine and/or melt at room temperature. 


Hope you enjoy making these for friends or family. Let us know what your toppings of choice would be! You could even make festive ones for Christmas gifts!

Buon Appetito!
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2 comments :

  1. This looks delicious! I like that you made them into discs. These are perfect sweets to have for guests that pass by during the holiday season - talk about making a "bella figura"!

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    1. Thank you so much LuLu!! We made some again with Amaretti, but we have to have a play with the chocolate, as the dark chocolate over powered the Amaretti taste. They definitely make cute little treats for guests. You can do toppings to suit everyone's likes! :) xx

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