Dark Chocolate Rosemary Bark

Dessert | March 20, 2017 | By

This ultra thin dark chocolate rosemary bark is loaded with sea salt, roasted almond pieces, and chopped fresh rosemary. 

Rosemary Bark- This ultra thin dark chocolate rosemary bark is loaded with sea salt, roasted almond pieces, and chopped fresh rosemary.

Rosemary Bark- This ultra thin dark chocolate rosemary bark is loaded with sea salt, roasted almond pieces, and chopped fresh rosemary.

Up until two weeks ago I had never had rosemary and chocolate together. Shame on me.
The other night at a church activity a friend of mine brought some dark chocolate rosemary bark to share. I looked at it and thought… rosemary, peanuts, salt… that sounds amazing. And it was. I LOVED the herby rosemary with the dark chocolate! I loved it so much that I had to recreate it.

I made a couple of tweaks, and am quite pleased with the results. I decided to go ultra thin for this bark, because I really wanted to let the toppings shine. Dark chocolate is really intense, so I didn’t want it to overpower the other ingredients. I also went with roasted and chopped almonds, because I just like almonds more than peanuts. I think this bark would be delicious with peanuts, pecans, walnuts, pistachios, you name it!

Rosemary Bark- This ultra thin dark chocolate rosemary bark is loaded with sea salt, roasted almond pieces, and chopped fresh rosemary.

The sea salt works really well to temper the sweetness and bring another dimension of flavor in. I’m all about sea salt on desserts, so I went to town with the salt. Does that sound gross to you? The thing I love about chocolate bark is that it is so adaptable. If you don’t want a lot of salt, then don’t put a lot of salt. I piled on allllll the toppings, but you can adjust the amounts to your taste.

This is a very simple treat, with a small ingredients list. Each ingredient really shines, so, make sure to use a quality dark chocolate! The dark chocolate is the base, and if you don’t have a good base, you won’t get as good of a final result. I used a 70% dark chocolate for my bark. Use the percentage that you like best.

So, now that I’ve tried rosemary, I’m wondering what other herbs I should try using in sweet applications. If you have any good suggestions, please let me know!

Rosemary Bark- This ultra thin dark chocolate rosemary bark is loaded with sea salt, roasted almond pieces, and chopped fresh rosemary.

Check out the video below for a quick tutorial!

Rosemary Bark- This ultra thin dark chocolate rosemary bark is loaded with sea salt, roasted almond pieces, and chopped fresh rosemary.
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Dark Chocolate Rosemary Bark

This ultra thin dark chocolate rosemary bark is loaded with sea salt, roasted almond pieces, and chopped fresh rosemary. 

Servings 2 people

Ingredients

  • 4 oz good quality dark chocolate I used 70% cacao
  • 1/4 cup almonds
  • 2 T fresh rosemary
  • sea salt

Instructions

  1. Toast the almonds in a heavy bottom skillet over medium heat for a couple of minutes, until they give off a nice, toasty, nutty smell. Remove from heat and allow to cool. Chop into small pieces.

    Chop the rosemary. 

    Prepare a piece of parchment paper to pour the melted chocolate on (around 11"x17").

    Break the chocolate into small pieces and place in a microwave safe glass bowl. Heat in the microwave for 30 second intervals, stirring well after each time, until most of the chocolate is melted. Remove from the microwave and stir until completely melted. Pour onto the parchment paper and use a flat icing spatula, or spatula to spread out until the chocolate is 2-3mm thick. Sprinkle sea salt, rosemary, and almonds over the chocolate. Press the toppings into the chocolate to set. Allow chocolate to completely cool and harden, then break into pieces. 

    Store in an airtight container, preferably in the refrigerator. 


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Strawberry Mochi (Daifuku)

Dessert | March 13, 2017 | By

Strawberry mochi, also known as ichigo (strawberry) daifuku, is a delicious Japanese mochi dessert. A whole strawberry is covered in a layer of red bean paste and wrapped in mochi. 

Strawbery Mochi (Daifuku)- a delicious Japanese mochi dessert. A whole strawberry is covered in a layer of red bean paste and wrapped in mochi.

Strawbery Mochi (Daifuku)- a delicious Japanese mochi dessert. A whole strawberry is covered in a layer of red bean paste and wrapped in mochi.

Fresh fruit desserts are the perfect way to start spring. I love strawberry mochi because it’s just so FRESH and JUICY. Truly. Mochi is amazing, but when you add a tangy, sweet, and juicy strawberry in the middle? Perfection.

So I’m calling it strawberry mochi here, because if I called it strawberry daifuku, people may not know what it is. Daifuku is mochi filled with red bean paste. So, daifuku is more specific than mochi. Strawberry mochi could technically just be strawberry wrapped in mochi with no red bean paste, or maybe even pink strawberry “flavored” mochi. Nope, gotta have the layer of red bean in there.

Strawbery Mochi (Daifuku)- a delicious Japanese mochi dessert. A whole strawberry is covered in a layer of red bean paste and wrapped in mochi.

Don’t be intimidated, these actually have a very easy ingredients list, and come together fairly quickly. Many recipes call for “shiratama-ko”, which I cannot always find at my local (non-Japanese) Asian store. I decided to make these with regular mochiko, which you can find at basically any Asian market, and they turned out amazing! I buy the white box with the blue star on the front. You’ll see it.

You’ll definitely impress and delight your friends with this fun mochi. Watch the tutorial below to see how easy it is!

Strawbery Mochi (Daifuku)- a delicious Japanese mochi dessert. A whole strawberry is covered in a layer of red bean paste and wrapped in mochi.
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Strawberry Mochi (Daifuku)

Strawbery Mochi, or strawberry daifuku, is a delicious Japanese dessert. A whole strawberry is covered in a layer of red bean paste and wrapped in mochi. 

Course Dessert
Cuisine Japanese
Prep Time 30 minutes
Servings 12 mochi

Ingredients

  • 12 small to medium strawberries
  • 1 package red bean paste (koshian/smooth type) about 400 g
  • 1 cup mochiko
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 1/8 cup water
  • cornstarch/potato starch

Instructions

  1. Wash and pat dry the strawberries. Cut off the stems. Take a tablespoon or so of red bean paste, and wrap around the strawberry to fully cover. Using plastic wrap will make this easier and keep it from sticking to your hands. Wrap all of the strawberries and place in the refrigerator.

    Mix the mochiko and sugar in a large microwave safe bowl. Stir in the water and mix until fully combined. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and microwave for one minute. Remove from microwave and stir. Microwave for 30 second increments until mochi is smooth, thick, and pliable. See video above for visual. The amount of time may depend upon the microwave strength. For me I had to do it 4 times total. 

    On a clean work surface, sprinkle a generous amount of starch, and turn the mochi onto it. Put starch on your hands, to prevent sticking. Cut the mochi into twelve equal sized portions. Flatten the mochi into a circle, and place a red bean wrapped mochi tip down in the center of the mochi. Wrap the strawberry with the mochi, pinching the bottom closed. 

    If you are not eating immediately, cover lightly with plastic wrap and store in the refrigerator. 


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Apply Jelly “Beer”

Dessert | March 6, 2017 | By

This non-alcoholic apply jelly “beer” is made with just a few simple ingredients and looks JUST. LIKE. BEER. It is easy, fun, and quick to make. 

Apple Jelly "Beer"- this non-alcoholic apply jelly "beer" is made with just a few simple ingredients and looks JUST. LIKE. BEER. It is easy, fun, and quick to make.

Apple Jelly "Beer"- this non-alcoholic apply jelly "beer" is made with just a few simple ingredients and looks JUST. LIKE. BEER. It is easy, fun, and quick to make.

Does this picture confuse you? Like, how is that spoon just hanging out in that beer? Oh, maybe it’s a photo of the spoon falling into the beer and they snapped the picture at the perfect moment?! Or… maybe you read the title and you already know that it’s just apple jelly that really looks like beer.

I was trying to think of what to post for St. Patrick’s Day. I feel like I should have at least one recipe for each holiday, but St. Patrick’s Day really stumped me. I don’t drink alcohol, and I don’t really like using too much food coloring. So, basically every recipe is out, unless I make a salad. That’s green!

I was explaining my predicament to a friend of mine, who said, “well… can you maybe do something that’s like, not actually beer? Like, fake beer? Haha.” And I thought, um… yeah … THEN I had an epiphany. Thanks friend, for the odd suggestion that was actually a great idea!

Apple Jelly "Beer"- this non-alcoholic apply jelly "beer" is made with just a few simple ingredients and looks JUST. LIKE. BEER. It is easy, fun, and quick to make.

A couple years ago, my mom was going to pull a prank on her co-worker. I don’t know the exact details, but it revolved around apply jelly that looked just like beer. Apparently she had seen it floating around some Japanese recipe sites.

I quickly googled it and found several recipes. It couldn’t be easier! Apple juice, gelatin, and some sugar if you want to sweeten it up a bit.

You want to make sure to use one of those “from concentrate” cheap apple juices that are clear, found in the non-refrigerated juice aisle. If you use the cloudy fresh squeezed stuff, it’ll taste great but it obviously would not get the beer look we are going for.

Apple Jelly "Beer"- this non-alcoholic apply jelly "beer" is made with just a few simple ingredients and looks JUST. LIKE. BEER. It is easy, fun, and quick to make.

So what will you make this for? A prank? Maybe you are going to give it to your kids on St. Patrick’s Day while you drink your Guinness? I’m sure there are mixed opinions on giving your kid something that looks like beer, but hey, I gave it to my four year old and she’s doing alright.

Check out the video below for a quick tutorial!

Apple Jelly "Beer"- this non-alcoholic apply jelly "beer" is made with just a few simple ingredients and looks JUST. LIKE. BEER. It is easy, fun, and quick to make.
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Apple Jelly "Beer"

This non-alcoholic apply jelly "beer" is made with just a few simple ingredients and looks JUST. LIKE. BEER. It is easy, fun, and quick to make. 

Ingredients

  • 500 ml clear apple juice chilled
  • 1 packet gelatin about 1 T
  • 1 T sugar optional

Instructions

  1. Prepare 2-3 glasses to pour apple jelly mixture into. The number of glasses you need will depend on their size. Try pouring the apple juice into the cups beforehand to see how many you will need. Account for foam at the top. 

    Pour about a quarter to half of a cup of the apple juice into a medium bowl and sprinkle the gelatin over it. Set aside for a few minutes to bloom the gelatin. (optional: stir 1 T of sugar into the remaining apple juice) Heat the remaining apple juice until very hot, and pour over the bloomed gelatin. Mix gently with a whisk until melted. Nestle the bowl in a larger bowl of ice water, and stir gently until mixture has cooled down. Remove from the ice water bowl and whisk vigorously to create foam. You want about 2/5 of the mixture to be foam. Pour into cups and top with the foam. Place in the refrigerator for a few hours to firm up. Do not cover with plastic wrap, as it will stick to the foam. 

Recipe Notes

Adapted from: Cookpad

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