Have you been naughty or nice?
If you’ve been eating all these lean proteins and veggie filled dishes, I’d vouch to say you’ve been pretty nice. But what fun are the holidays without a little naughtiness?!
When it comes to desserts, I am not a fan of substitutions. I don’t indulge in dessert every day, but I when I do, I want the real deal!
This is a lovely holiday treat, deemed Crack Bark by co-workers. The mix of the tart cranberries, salty pistachios and super sweet white chocolate is a flavor explosion in the best possible way. It’s incredibly easy to make and people might mistake you for one of Santa’s elves!
1 1/2 cups Roasted Pistachio Kernels (I used salted)
1 1/2 cups dried cranberries
1 1/4 pound white chocolate (finely chopped or use the chips if you’re a lazy bum like me)
Line a 10 x 14 pan with aluminum foil.
Put cranberries in a steamer basket. Fill pot with 1 inch of water and bring to boil. Make sure the steamer basket fits in the pot you’re using. It’s the little things…
Cover and steam until cranberries are soft and plump.
Put cranberries onto paper towels to dry and cool.
Use a rubber spatula for the white chocolate. Put chocolate into double boiler. I don’t have one of those, so I used a glass bowl.
Using the rubber spatula, stir chocolate until melted over medium heat. Remove from water bath and stir in nuts and cranberries. Work fast to prevent the chocolate from hardening. The meltier the better. It just makes it easier to spread onto the foil lined pan. If it gets too hard to spread, you can use your clean hands to press it into the pan.
Refrigerate for at least 20 minutes until hardened. I let mine sit overnight.
Then break into bite-sized pieces!
People will freak out over this unique and highly addictive holiday bark!
You’ve been good so now it’s time to be naughty!
The Lady Olive