Sunday, December 5, 2010

Chocolate Rocky Road



Okay.......tell me this doesn't look scrumptious!





Jim and I have spent part the day making this Jamie Oliver
recipe for our neighbors for Christmas gifts. We have some awesome neighbors and like to remember them during the Holiday Season!

This year we are giving a big popcorn bucket full of movies, candy, and popcorn, everything they need for a nice cozy family night at home. Chocolate Rocky Road is the "adult" candy we are including. I love that it has a "secret" ingredient....a red chili pepper. Chocolate with a little bit of heat from a chili is my personal favorite!

You can use any combo of fruit and nuts you like. We used cashews, pistachios, craisins and golden raisins.



Chocolate Rocky Road

(printable copy)


2 (4 oz) bars good quality bittersweet chocolate (70% cocoa solids)
1/2 fresh red chile, seeded and diced
1 heaping cup mixed unsalted nuts, such as almonds, ha
zelnuts, pistachios, or pecans
1 tablespoon sunflower or pumpkin seeds (optional)
3/4 cup mixed fruit, such as golden raisins, dried mango, dried sour cherries or cranberries, larger bits chopped

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Break up the chocolate and melt in a heatproof glass bowl over a saucepan of simmering water; don't let the bowl touch the water. Once the chocolate is melted, take the bowl off the heat and set aside. Meanwhile, put the chili on a cookie sheet with the mixed nuts and place in a hot oven for 5 minutes, until the nuts are toasted and shiny. When cool, mince the chili and rough chop the nuts and mix with the dried fruit in a bowl.

Save out a large handful of the fruit/nut mixture and set aside; add the rest to the chocolate. Stir everything until it is completely coated and spoon the mixture on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and smooth out. Sprinkle reserved nut/fruit mixture on top and leave in a cool place for 30 minutes to set.



Once set, break up into large pieces and pile up on a serving plate or pile into gift bags.....if you can keep for eating it all!




It's really starting to feel like Christmas!

29 comments:

  1. What an inspiring recipe and photos!
    I love your eye candy blog!

    New follower from Monday blog hop.
    Hope you can stop by my blog.
    Nice to meet you and have a great Tuesday!
    B

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  2. Yummy - Great blog!

    I'm a new follower from the Tuesday Train.

    You're invited to drop by our blog & say, "Hi!" sometime.

    Happy Holidays to you & yours!
    http://SallyLeeByTheSea.com

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  3. OK, now my stomach is growling.

    I'm following from Tuesday Train!

    Kristin :)
    Keenly Kristin

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  4. Yummy! Yummy! I have a new recipe to try! :) Can't wait to try a lot of the recipes on your blog; they all look so yummy!

    I am a new follower from Tuesday Train. Would love a follow back. :)

    http://livingbetteronedayatatime.blogspot.com/

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  5. Looks so good Mika. Is that in one of Jamie's books or is it on his website? I have all his books. Nigella and Jamie I love and have all their books.

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  6. Hi Jutta! It's from Jamie's America, page 236.
    That's my goal also to have all of Jamie's and Nigella's books. I'm also trying to find Bill Granger's as well. The local library has ordered one for me and I can't wait to check it out as well.

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  7. Hi Mika,

    Thanks so much for stopping by and following.

    However I don't show you as a follower on my blog yet.

    Wishing you well and a great Wednesday!

    B :)

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  8. wow this looks great! newest follower from welcome wed!
    malia
    www.yesterdayontueday.com

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  9. I adore food blogs & I'm glad I found yours. I am now following :). Please follow me back at Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters

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  10. Sounds yummy! Love the craisins...that would be delicious in it! Enjoyed reading your blog. Saw you on Wandering Wednesday! Stop by when you get the chance:
    www.karismaheartsavannah.blogspot.com

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  11. Following you from BabyDealsDujour, we list all the baby daily deals in real-time. Love to see you on Facebook and Twitter too.

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  12. Looks like a great gift! Hey, its healthy with the nuts and dried fruits, right?!?!

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  13. Mika - We never thought of ourselves as versatile or stylish!! We thank you for passing on these two blog awards to us and we hope that we continue to inspire. Jutta and Chocolate Cookie.

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  14. Thank you for sharing this recipe! I need to make some of this. It looks awesome. I just hopped over from Follow Friday and I'm now your newest follower. I look forward to getting to know you.

    Have a great weekend,
    Candace

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  15. You have wonderful recipes. Can't wait to try some of them.

    A new follower from Friendly Friday Follow :)

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  16. Ooo this does really look good!! Visiting from Follow Friday, 40 and over. You had me at chocolate I am now a follower. Have a great weekend!!

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  17. Looks absolutely delicious...and what an inspiration to get going with the holiday baking :-)

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  18. What a great recipe! I LOVE chocolate with red chilis! It looks like you have some wonderful recipes! I'm your newest follower.
    http://RaisingFigureSkaters.com

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  19. Wow! You have taken rocky road to a whole new level...looks delicious! Thanks for sharing the recipe and thanks for following me!

    I'll be following and looking forward to reading back through all your great recipes!

    Denise @ Simply Weekends :)

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  20. thanks for following....really, chocolate rocky road? wow, there goes my diet....thanks for sharing...

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  21. OK, I've got to get off the computer and go make this! YUM!
    following from Saturday's hop
    come on over to my place
    http://for-one-another.blogspot.com/

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  22. following from Saturday hop
    love your blog

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  23. Hi there,

    I'm really pleased to have found your blog! I LOVE exactlye the same chefs as you. See, I have a Nigella shrine in my kitchen if you fancy a peek.

    Your Rocky Road looks DELICIOUS!! Please save me a piece!!

    Sarahx

    I'm following you right back!

    Sarahx

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  24. Hi. I'm following you back. Thanks for stopping by http://justanotherhat.blogspot.com/. Wow, this looks amazing. I will definitely be stopping by your blog for more recipes.

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  25. I found you on the blog hop and I'm your newest follower. Nice to meet you. You have a great spirit here and I look forward to reading more. Your blog looks Soooo yummy. and I love Fanny Farmer. Best cookbook!!!
    Have a blessed Sunday.
    Nancy
    http://discoverdirectselling.blogspot.com/

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  26. Mika, I think I will have to try this recipe. Have you tried the 5 star pork ribs in Jamie's America? They are on my blog as I made them a couple of weeks ago and they are so fantastic that I can't wait to make them again.

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  27. Mika that sounds so good! Can't wait to try it! By the way I LOVEd the Christmas card, just beautiful!

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  28. Looks yummy! Thanks for stopping by my blog - following you now!

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