I just completed my second half-marathon & it was
awesome grueling! I was not prepared, but promised my friend I’d run it with her; it was her very first. I had to stick to my word. It rained the entire time, and the last 4 miles were treacherous muddy trails that drove me to the point of almost asking the 4-wheeler rescue guy to pick me up. No freakin’ way. If I made it 9 miles, I was gonna make it 4 darn more! And I did. This is what I made myself when I got home as my “treat” (along with a cold adult beverage). Quick, easy, & it included chocolate: pistachio cranberry chocolate bark.
Yeah. Soooo simple. This is all you’ll need: white baking chocolate, pistachios & dried cranberries.
Melt the chocolate in a double boiler. If you don’t have a double boiler, you can create a “make-shift” one by situating one pot over another. You don’t want to scorch the chocolate by exposing it to direct heat (trust me; I’ve done it more than once). You can even microwave the chocolate according to package directions if you’re brave enough to do so; I was just afraid it might come out lumpy.
Once the chocolate is melted, spread it in a 13×9 baking sheet that is lined with parchment paper. Sprinkle the pistachios & cranberries evenly over the chocolate. I added some crushed pistachios over the top for a little extra “bling” to make it pretty.
Place the baking sheet in the freezer for 30 minutes for the chocolate to harden. Break in any shape or form into the “bark” pieces. Enjoy. I did.
Here’s a pic of me & my friends before the race…ponchos were in full effect!
- (4) 6 ounce packages white chocolate
- 1 cup roasted, salted & shelled whole pistachios
- 1/8 cup crushed pistachios
- 2/3 cup dried cranberries
- Line a 13x9 baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In a double boiler over medium heat, melt chocolate.
- Using the back of a spoon, spread melted chocolate evenly in baking sheet.
- Sprinkle pistachios and cranberries evenly over chocolate.
- Lightly dust with crushed pistachios evenly.
- Freeze for 30 minutes (or refrigerate for 1 hour) to harden chocolate.
- Break into pieces.