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Orange blossom water can be found locally at Jackson Whole Grocer. If you can't find it, substitute orange extract instead.
- 12 ounces semisweet chocolate (54%)
- 5.9 ounces light corn syrup (yes, you will need a kitchen scale to be precise)
- 1 teaspoon warm water
- 1 1/2 teaspoon orange blossom water
- Melt chocolate in a bowl set upon a pot of boiling water.
- Place light corn syrup, warm water and orange blossom water into a measuring cup, and warm for 15 seconds in the microwave.
- Whisk corn syrup mixture into the chocolate and incorporate well. Pour into a plastic lined pan, such as a 12 inch by 8 inch half sheet pan.
- Fold plastic wrap over top and press down, squeezing out air bubbles.
- Leave overnight at room temperature.
- Cut into strips, roll, and cut into 2-bite pieces.
Sicilian Superfood Fondue
If you prefer to use even darker chocolate, such as a bittersweet one with over 70% cocoa solids, you may want to add a tablespoon of good honey (Sicilian honey!) to keep the fondue a tad sweet.
Fiori di Sicilia is an extract that can be found locally at Jackson Whole Grocer. It is my secret ingredient in biscotti, olive oil cake, and risotto rice pudding. But its orange-lemon-vanilla-jasmine essence pairs best with pure chocolate.
- 12 ounces good dark chocolate, coarsely chopped, such as Valrhona 66%
- 1/2 cup good fruity extra virgin olive oil
- 2 teaspoons fiori di sicilia (or substitute 1 teaspoon orange extract, 1/2 teaspoon lemon extract, and 1/2 teaspoon real vanilla extract)
- for dipping: 2 x 2 inch chunks of 460 Bread walnut cranberry bread, or crusty French baguette; blood orange or cara cara orange segments, removed of pith and peel; fresh or dried figs, apricots or pears; amaretti cookies; pistachios or Marcona almonds. Candied orange or lemon peels would also be very dippable.
- Melt the chocolate in a bowl over a pan of boiling water. Stir in the olive oil and the fiori di sicilia, and mix well.
- Transfer to a fondue pot warmed with a flame.
- Serve warm with a platter of dipping ingredients.