27 May, 2011

Delicious Chocolate Raisinutty Clusters: A recipe

It is no secret that I am a lover of chocolate. I wanted to make some chocolate chip cookies, but alas, I am missing one of the main ingredients.

I had to have Chocolate Chip SOMETHING though, so I came up with this super quick recipe!

Chocolate Raisinutty Clusters

What you'll need:

- 2 Cups of chocolate chips. I used semi-sweet.

- 1/2 Cup of sultanas or rasins (these are sultanas)

- 1/2 Cup of nuts of your choice.
These are a combination of the ends of a couple packages of mixed nuts and cashews.

- a good heaping tablespoon of butter (and maybe a little more)

If you have a double boiler, wonderful. Get some water boiling in the bottom and prepare the top for your butter and chocolate chips. I do not have a double boiler.
I do however, have a stainless steel bowl that fits conveniently into one of my regular pots perfectly. It's important if you're using this method to make sure your bowl doesn't touch the bottom of the pot. It's ok if it touches the water a little, but ideally, you want it to hover above the boiling water so the steam is what melts the chocolate.

Add your butter and your chocolate to the top of your double boiler.

While you wait for that to start melting, throw some waxed baking paper onto a baking sheet.

When your chocolate and butter start to melt,




Then turn the heat to a simmer, and add your nuts and your raisins/sultanas/whatever you're adding.

Once everything is added, remove from heat and give it another good stir. Spoon your chocolate mixture onto the baking paper...

...and refrigerate until they're solid, about 30 minutes. Done! Store them in a cool place, and enjoy with cold milk, a latte, or your favorite snack beverage!

Be creative! You could substitute the raisins for dried cranberries or apricots or omit the fruit altogether and opt for crushed graham crackers (or digestives, for you Irish and UK folks) and mini marshmellows to make S'mores Clusters. mmmmmm


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