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
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!