I am still frantically trying to finish off my Christmas gifts before we leave for Melbourne tomorrow (yay!), so I knew I wanted something quick and easy to make for my husbands and my work colleagues, but still nice enough to give away as a present.
This 'bark' definitely filled those criteria - it was extremely quick to make. I didn't use a recipe - so I can't give you exact measurements - but it won't matter because it is so simple!
Pistachio and Cranberry Chocolate Bark
1 pack of chocolate melts, or 1 block of chocolate - I used white chocolate because I thought it would be a nice contrast to the other colours - but you could use any chocolate you like, or even swirl together white and dark/milk chocolate too
a couple of handfuls of shelled, unsalted pistachios
a couple of handfuls of dried cranberries
Line a baking tray with greaseproof paper
Melt the chocolate in a bowl over hot water or in the microwave. Allow to cool a little.
Meanwhile, place pistachios in a plastic bag and lightly crush with a rolling pin
Mix half the pistachios and half the cranberries into the white chocolate.
Spread the chocolate mixture on the baking tray. Then sprinkle with the remaining pistachios and cranberries. Using a spatulata, lightly press the nuts and fruit into the chocolate so that when it sets they won't fall off.
Place tray in the fridge and allow chocolate to set.
Break 'bark into pieces, wrap it up and present it to your friends (or eat it yourself!)
I also got another present finished last night - some recipe cards to go with another larger present for the kitchen!
Thankfully there's not many left to finish now as we leave very early tomorrow morning!
And - a big Hello to anyone who has made it here from Rachael's gorgeous blog "Four Wise Monkeys ". I hope you enjoy my blog.
Have a great weekend everyone!