Chocolate, Caramel and Shortbread Bark

Caramel, Chocolate and Shortbread Bark

I love writing my blog; I really do. It has allowed me to develop a hobby I thoroughly enjoy, right through from devising the recipes, experimenting, making the dishes, to taking the best photos I can (my camera is simple and I am no expert).

Then there’s sharing them with the world – there is no better feeling than people appreciating the end results and hard work (and believe me, although the majority of time it is great fun, I do put in the hours to show for it!).

Caramel, Chocolate and Shortbread Bark

Although I started off with the intention of just showing the odd recipe here and there (I had baked at home previously, but it was very haphazard and mainly consisted of chocolate fudge cake and cookies), it has developed into much more. This post is in celebration of the fact that from today, I am My Recipe Magic’s featured chef of the week! This is huge for me – they have 1.3m followers on Facebook alone, which is pretty impressive!

I have also been thinking of ways in which I can enhance my blog and have decided to throw it open to guest posters, starting off with recipes from fellow bloggers I really admire. I think featuring guest bloggers will offer a new dimension to my blog and I am seriously excited about getting started!

Anyway, back to the task at hand – my delicious chocolate, caramel and shortbread bark. For those of you that check in with me regularly, you will know that I am fond of making a little bark from time to time. The reason for this is actually a no-brainer – it’s bloomin’ delicious and unbelievably easy to make!

I usually keep it very simple – melt a little chocolate, throw on a topping, leave it to set and Bob’s your uncle! But this time around, I was totally inspired to make a slightly more complex bark (and when I say complex, I mean add a couple more ingredients) by one of my favourite Instagram foodies, Kim at Sweet on Treats (she doesn’t have a blog but if you are on Instagram, check out her amazing recipes).

Caramel, Chocolate and Shortbread Bark

I followed Kim’s idea and then threw in some leftover caramel I needed to use up – the great thing about bark is you can use whatever ingredients you like!

200g dark/milk chocolate 200g white chocolate 200g caramel (I used Nestles' tinned version) 3 fairly large cookies, broken into small pieces (I used homemade shortbread)

Chocolate, Caramel and Shortbread Bark

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Ingredients

  • 200g (1 + 3/4 cups) dark/milk chocolate
  • 200g (1 + 3/4 cups) white chocolate
  • 200g (1/2 cup) caramel/dulce de leche (I used 1/2 tin of Nestles')
  • 3 fairly large cookies, broken into small pieces (I used homemade shortbread)

Directions

~ Melt the dark/milk chocolate in a Bain Marie (double boiler).

~ Line a large baking tray with grease-proof paper and spread the chocolate in a rough rectangular shape of equal thickness.

~ Break up the cookies and sprinkle evenly over the chocolate and then place in the fridge to set.

~ Pour or drizzle the caramel over the hardened chocolate/cookies.

~ Heat the white chocolate the same way as the dark/milk and then pour over the top, making sure you evenly coat the bark. You will probably need to take a knife and just gently push the white chocolate to the edges (it doesn't need to be perfect and if you would rather swirl the white chocolate in with the caramel, then that would work great, too).

~ Leave in the fridge to completely set (around 1-2 hours) and then cut into squares - I usually just snap my bark but when trying to do that this time, the caramel caused uneven and weird breaks! Enjoy!

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Chocolate, Caramel and Shortbread Bark

 

20 thoughts on “Chocolate, Caramel and Shortbread Bark

  1. Congrats on these new developments and the success you've had with your blog. It seems like your hard work, love and dedication has really paid off! It's so encouraging to see (at least for me) that you can take it that far when you're a non-professional :) Congrats again and good luck with the future projects, Johanna Johanna recently posted...Blueberry Coconut Cake with Lemon GlazeMy Profile
    1. Thank you so much Johanna! What a really lovely thing to say! I've got a long way to go (now I've started I want to be REALLY successful! haha)
  2. Congratulations !!! Wow ! what an honour, and so well deserved. I am so happy for you. All the best with you new plans for your blog, I think it is awesome :-) . Tracy....this chocolate caramel and shortbread bark....there are no words. I could literally taste this mouthwatering invention as I was reading it !!! I am so making this....:-) Congrats again and have a wonderful day :-) Lynne recently posted...Quinoa and Veggie Stir FryMy Profile
  3. Oh my goodnesss. I was just eating my salad at work and thinking how healthy i was been, when I saw your blog post. These look divine. Caramel is one of my favourite things ever so these are on the cards (and the table hopefully!) for Friday night. Thanks for sharing... more please :-)

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