Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Pistachio and Cranberry Chocholate Bark: A Home for the Holidays Treat!

Hi Friends! I am so happy to present to you another delicious holiday treat, brought to you by Amelia from Ugly Duckling. Don't let the name of her blog fool you....this is a gorgeous English girl living in Seol, South Korea, and the recipe she's sharing with you today sounds absolutely divine!
I can't wait to try it out myself :) Then, be sure to go over to Alyx's blog to find Amelia once again writing about holiday traditions! 


Hello Lovelies! I'm Amelia and I'm a blogger at Ugly Duckling. I'm very happy to be here today and I have a quick and easy but oh-so-delicious recipe to share with you. It's also a bit of a DIY gift too, very handy if you're like me and still have no idea what to get for some friends! 

I should warn you that once you've actually made this you may find it hard to actually give it away as a gift. I've eaten about half of this stuff already. Bad I know but it's Christmas so it's allowed, right??!

Here is what you will need to make this melt in your mouth festive treat!
Basically you need what you see in the picture: chocolate, white and milk (or dark if you prefer); pistachio nuts; mixed berries or cranberries. I like to add some extra sweetened cranberries because they seem more festive. The great thing about this recipe is you can actually choose to add whatever you want. In fact, it doesn't really matter about the quantities either because you're just melting the chocolate and mixing stuff in...my kind of cooking! But...for the sake of being professional about this, here are some numbers.
  • 12 ounces milk chocolate - broken up
  • 8 ounces white chocolate -broken up
  • 1 cup shelled pistachio nuts
  • 1/2 cup dried, mixed berries
  • 1/4 cup of sweetened cranberries
To get things started you need to lightly toast the pistachios on a baking tray in the oven for about 10 minutes on 350º. Let them cool a little afterwards. Melt the milk chocolate over the hob or in the microwave for about 2-3 minutes.

Then add the pistachios and berries to the melted chocolate. Save a handful to sprinkle on the top.

Next you need to mix the berries and nuts thoroughly through the chocolate. Then you will pour the mixture out onto a cookie sheet lined with greaseproof paper.

Spread it out so that it's an even level, a couple of centimetres thick. Next, melt the white chocolate. Take a spoon and drop dollops of the white chocolate onto the milk chocolate mixture.

Use a spoon to swirl the two chocolates together to create a marbled effect. Don't mix it around too much or it will just look muddy instead.

Sprinkle the remainder of the nuts and berries on top of the mixture and then put it all in the refrigerator for about 20 minutes or until it's set. Take it out and break it into large chunks. And....


Now, here is where some serious willpower is needed. Instead of eating all of it right there and then (difficult, trust me) you can package it up using clear cellophane bags and ribbon and give it away as gifts. If you want to make it look really snazzy you can buy glass jars and decorate them with stickers and ribbon. Make sure you add a gift tag with a message from yourself so the recipient always remembers how selfless you were giving up such an amazing treat!!

I was going to tell you that you can store this Festive Chocolate Treat in the fridge for up to a month but then I realized there's really no point. There's no chance it's going to last that long.

I hope you like the recipe. I also made a white chocolate and peppermint version, which was equally mouthwatering!

Merry Christmas everyone and have a happy New Year! x

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