I had some strawberries, kiwis, and oranges that are just sitting in the fridge for some time, instead of eating them fresh this time, I dehydrated them for some yummy dried fruit chocolate barks. I used dark Valrhona chocolate I brought back from Wholefoods, combining the bittersweet taste of cocoa to the tangy sweet fruits (with a hint of sourness); the result is fantastic. I can’t even stop nibbling on these colorful beauties!
Slice the fruits into thin pieces and then baked them at 100 degrees Celsius in the oven for an hour. Turn and bake for another hour. Out they will come nicely dried with just a hint of remaining moisture. I prefer them this way compared to the really dry and crispy version.
Melt the chocolate on a double boiler. Line a square mold with parchment paper, pour the melted chocolate and distribute it evenly. Tap the pan a few times to rid of any air bubble, then refrigerate it for about 15 minutes to set.
The chocolate should be thick and not runny at this point. Place the dried fruit slices anywhere you’d like, and put them back to the fridge for 40 to 60 minutes.
Now the chocolate has hardened. Cut them into square or rectangular bars and enjoy. These are even more fabulous with some red wine!
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