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Nov192010

Almond Orange Cranberry Bark

We prolly shouldn't admit this, but this year's Blue-Eyed Thanksgiving will be taking place in New York City and will involve not turkey and stuffing, but rather Chicken Korma and Naan bread.

That's right. We're having an Indian Thanksgiving. 

Yes, we just said that.

We know, we know. It's a little out-of-the-ordinary. But it actually makes a lot of sense. What else would you expect British ex-pats to eat on a patriotic American holiday?

You were thinking Indian food, right? Totally!

Plus, if we're honest, of all foods (other than pizza and cheeseburgers) we're most thankful for Indian food, so it's kind of perfect. Who really likes turkey anyway? Not these bakers.

What we are obviously not willing to give up on this day of thanks is dessert. Duh.

But, we're getting a bit ahead of ourselves. You kiddies will just have to sit patiently until next week to see what the Blue-Eyed family will be tasting after their Tikka Masala.

For now, we're making delicious and EASY Almond Orange Cranberry Bark to take as a thank you gift to our fabulous Indian Thanksgiving hostess with the most-est. 

It is the day to give thanks after all.

Almond Orange Cranberry Bark

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8 ounces semi-sweet chocolate (we like Valrhona), finely chopped
4 ounces bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
1/2 teaspoon vegetable oil
1 cup almonds, toasted and roughly chopped
1/2 cup candied orange peel, minced
1/2 cup dried cranberries 
12 ounces white chocolate, finely chopped

Place a piece of paper on a large baking sheet. Cover the surface of the baking sheet with parchment paper.

Using the microwave tempering method, melt the semi-sweet chocolate and oil in a glass bowl in the microwave. Microwave the chocolate for 30 seconds at a time, stirring with a rubber spatula in between, until the chocolate is just melted. Quickly add in the bittersweet chocolate and stir until smooth and glossy. 

Using the rubber spatula, spread the chocolate onto the baking sheet in the shape of the piece of paper underneath. Sprinkle half of each of the almonds, candied orange peel and cranberries onto the chocolate. Allow to cool completely. You can place it in the fridge if you would like.

Next, melt 8 ounces of the white chocolate in the microwave using the same method as before. When the white chocolate is just melted, add in the remaining 4 ounces of white chocolate and stir until completely melted. 

Pour the white chocolate over the cooled dark chocolate and evenly spread to cover the entire surface. The white chocolate cools and hardens faster than the darker chocolate so work quickly to sprinkle the remaining almonds, orange peel and cranberries over the white chocolate. 

Allow to cool further and when solid, using a knife, cut into large pieces and enjoy!

 

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Reader Comments (15)

Yum! Cranberries and oranges sound like a perfect flavor pair. This looks delicious!

November 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCupcakes & Dreams

This is SO pretty!

November 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJessica @ How Sweet

This bark looks wonderful. I am in NYC for Thanksgiving s well and will probably be spending it in Chinatown :- )

November 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLora

your bark looks so pretty! love the double chocolate layer

November 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLauren at KeepItSweet

Yum- this is beautiful and would make a great gift!

November 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLiz @ Blog is the New Black

Oh yes please, cranberries & orange. Yum!

November 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnna Johnston

Sounds like a great plan for Thanksgiving - and this looks delicious!!

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November 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterWhat Happens After Five

You know what I'm so thankful for? the microwave tempering method! And your Indian Thanksgiving sounds awesome!

November 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKatie@Cozydelicious

Absolutely gorgeous! I think I'll make these for coworkers this year! Super cute :)

November 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPretty. Good. Food.

I love bark, and yours looks so delicious! What a great combination of flavors, thanks so much for sharing your creation with us!! It would make the perfect holiday gift, I love those little bags!
Cheers
Dennis

November 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterChef Dennis

I love oranges and cranberries together, and I'm sure that this bark is no exception. It looks delicious and the bright colors make its presentation fantastic :) Thanks for sharing...enjoy your Thanksgiving!

November 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBaking Serendipity

um, yum!

November 22, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermolly

I am LOVING the look of this Bark--so pretty and festive!!

And if you ask ME, I think Indian food for Thanksgiving makes TOTAL sense. But people rarely ask me, so I have to give my advice unsolicited.

Hope you have a fabulous time in New York!!

November 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCookbook Queen

this bark is so colorful and pretty! perfect for gifting during the holidays!

November 24, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterthe blissful baker

Hey, I had an Indian Thanksgiving too! Except, we don't celebrate here in India, but co-incidentally had family over for a wonderful meal :)

November 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAvanika (Yumsilicious Bakes)

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