Before the baby was born, I used to cook and bake and just generally do a lot more in the kitchen than I do now. She’s going on for five months old (when did that happen?!) but I’ve not really got back into it. I miss it – particularly making junk food. There’s just not enough chocolate peanut butter products in the shops, and that flavour combination is one of my biggest guilty pleasures.
I love peanut butter. But my husband recently bought me a 1kg tub of it, and that feels like a lot of pressure! So I’m trying to find ways to use it that aren’t just “on toast”.
Peanut butter and chocolate is such a good combination. And chocolate bark is actually something I’ve been able to make a few times since the baby arrived, because it only takes minutes. The hardest part is getting the baking parchment to stay on the tray! (Or just not eating all the melted chocolate, but that goes without saying!) So I thought I’d combine the two and make chocolate peanut butter bark.
- 200g milk chocolate
- 100g dark chocolate (you could always use all the same chocolate, or add in some white chocolate, or… well, the options are endless! It’s chocolate – go wild!)
- 2 tablespoons peanut butter
- 2 tablespoons chopped hazelnuts
- 1 teaspoon chilli flakes
Line a baking tray with baking parchment, so that it’s nice and easy to remove the bark when you’re done!
Break the chocolate into smaller sections and melt it in two separate bowls – one for the milk and one for the dark chocolate. I melt it on the hob, using a pyrex bowl over a pan of boiling water.
When it’s melted, using a wooden spoon, spread the chocolate onto the parchment. I use two different wooden spoons and swirl it into nice patterns.
Then take your peanut butter and swirl some of that in too. Yummy!
Then you want to add your toppings.
I really love hazelnuts added to chocolate, and chilli on chocolate tastes amazing. (If you’ve never tried it, why not?! Go, drop everything and do it now!)
Once they’re sprinkled on, you come to the hardest part. Do nothing. Wait for it to set.
When it has, you can break it into pieces and generously share with your nearest and dearest. Or eat it all yourself. I don’t judge!
I actually find I have less time in the day now than I used to when the baby was a newborn. But this is so amazing that I think I’ll be finding time to spoil myself and make it more often.
Please try it!