chocolate anise bark

Chocolate Anise Bark

Source: Gourmet – November 2000

1 teaspoon anise seeds
1/3 cup dried tart cherries
1/3 cup dried apricots, coarsely chopped
1/3 cup salted roasted cashews, coarsely chopped
6 ounces fine-quality bittersweet chocolate
    (not unsweetened), finely chopped

Line a small baking sheet with foil and chill.

Finely grind anise in an electric coffee/spice grinder.

Stir together cherries, apricots and cashews.

Melt chocolate in a double boiler or a small metal bowl set over a small saucepan of barely simmering water, stirring occasionally, until smooth.

Stir in anise and half of fruit and spoon onto center of baking sheet. Spread with a rubber spatula into a roughly 10- x 5-inch rectangle and sprinkle with remaining fruit mixture, pressing lightly to help adhere.

Chill until firm, about 30 minutes, then break into pieces.

Bark keeps, covered and chilled, 1 week.

Makes 6 pieces.