Brace yourselves... Christmas is coming!
Let the Holiday baking begin. Today I started on my list of goodies that I make up and give to friends every year. It is a tradition I love to do, mainly because I love to bake in general but I especially love holiday baking. It is something I can share with others, as well as have a little taste here and there without eating a whole pan of something... am I the only one who has done that?
Over the next month I will be posting more often then usual because there are just a lot of things I would love to share with all of you!
To start things off is what I would like to call Christmas Bark. I did make a Halloween Candy Bark back in October. This is a similar style in the sense that you melt some chocolate and add some yummy toppings, cool, break and eat! To me these ingredients scream Christmas, pistachios, chocolate and cranberries... the perfect combo! A little bit of sweet and a little bit of salty.
2 pounds of high quality dark chocolate
2 pounds of high quality white chocolate
1 1/2 cups of pistachios, removed from the shell
1 1/2 cups of dried cranberries
1 tablespoon of pink Himalayan salt
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Melt your chocolate, slowly and carefully. Real Simple explains it well on this tutorial.
Once chocolate is melted, pour the melted chocolate first over the prepared pan. Then drizzle and swirl the melted dark chocolate over the top. Take a bamboo skewer and gently mix the two chocolates together by swirling the skewer around in the chocolate.
Cut up the pistachios into smaller pieces, still leaving some good sized chunks. Evenly distribute the pistachios and cranberries over the melted chocolate. Gently press into the chocolate. Sprinkle the salt on top and then place in the freezer for 30 minutes or until the chocolate has hardened.
Once the chocolate has hardened, break it up into pieces. Place into an air tight container and freeze until needed, or package into little baggies to give to friends, or just enjoy and eat it!
How many of you love Holiday baking? What are some things you love to bake and give away during the season?
Happy baking.... and eating!
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