Saturday, February 16, 2008

Choc Fruit & Nut Christmas Tree

14 oz dark cooking chocolate, melted
1/2 cup whole blanched almonds
2/3 cup Apricots, halved
2/3 cup rasins
Icing sugar, to dust

Draw a 6 inch-diameter star on a sheet of non-stick baking paper. Draw 6 more stars, reducing the size by 1/4-1/2 inch each time. Lay stars on baking trays.
Place chocolate in a heatproof microwavesafe bowl. Heat on High/800watts/100%, stirring every 30 seconds, for 1-2 minutes or until melted. Add the almonds and dried fruit, and stir until well combined.
Spread enough chocolate mixture over prepared baking paper to make 7 thick stars. Place in the fridge for 1 hour or until set.
Heat the remaining chocolate mixture on High/800watts/100%, stirring every 30 seconds, for 1 minute or until softened.
To assemble tree, place the largest star on a plate. Spoon 2 teaspoonsful of the chocolate mixture in the centre and top with the secondlargest star. Repeat, in order of size, until the smallest star is on the top. Place in the fridge until set. Dust with icing sugar.

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