Dip in dark chocolate for the perfect finishing touch. Photo / Babiche Martens

Easy Dark Chocolate Nut Clusters

Five ingredients is all it takes to create these tempting clusters. Save for yourself or share the sweetness

This is a great post-dinner sweet treat when something quick and light is called for. Keep an eye on the mixture as it turns to caramel and try not to overstir, or it will turn to sugar crystals.

DARK CHOCOLATE NUT CLUSTERS RECIPE
Makes 20

1 cup caster sugar
½ cup water
50g butter, cut into cubes
100g mixed sliced almonds and hazelnuts, roughly chopped
80g dark chocolate

1. Line a baking tray with paper. Have the nuts in a bowl ready.

2. Into a pot place the sugar, water and butter, slowly heating to melt the butter and dissolve the sugar. Bring to a simmer keeping a close eye on it until it just turns a caramel colour. This takes about 10 minutes.

3. Remove from the heat and stir through the nuts. Working quickly, place spoonfuls on to the baking paper and spread a little with a spoon. Allow to cool.

4. Melt the chocolate in a small bowl over simmering water. Spread a little chocolate on to half of each cluster. Cool.

5. Store in a cool place.

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