Recipe for Chocolate Cranberry Chunks


2 1/2 cup cranberries; picked over
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup heavy cream
1 1/2 lb semisweet chocolate; chopped
1 1/2 cup nuts, (almonds, pecans,
1 or hazelnuts); coarsely chopped
2/3 cup raisins


Line a 9-inch square pan with foil so that all sides are covered. Press foil until smooth. Set aside. 2. Place the cranberries and the sugar in a heavy saucepan and stir gently over medium-high heat for 6 mins. Remove from heat. 3. Place the cream in a heavy saucepan and bring almost to a boil over medium heat. Place the saucepan in a large skillet of simmering water and add the chopped chocolate. Stir over simmering water until the chocolate is melted and smooth. Remove from heat and stir in the cranberries, nuts, and raisins. 4. Pour the chocolate mixture into the foil-lined pan and cool completely on a wire rack. Chill briefly, until firm but not hard. Inverting the pan over a sheet of wax paper, use the foil to remove the block of chocolate from the pan. Gently lift off the foil. Cut the mixture into 1 1/2-inch squares; if you like, place the candies in small paper candy cups. Serve at cool room temperature.

NOTES : Remember the Chunky---as in "What a chunk-a-chocolate"? Here, the rich chocolate chunks are filled with raisins, nuts, and cranberries, which burst with tart flavor as you bite in. Cranberries and chocolate are a surprisingly successful flavor combination.

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