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Sugared Cranberry & Pistachio Dark Chocolate Bark

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Recipe type: Dessert
Ingredients
  • 8 ounces of high quality dark chocolate chips
  • 2 cup of cranberries
  • 1 cup of pistachios (finely crushed)
  • 2 cups of sugar & a dash more for rolling
  • 2 cups of water
Instructions
  1. Pour yourself a glass of Kendall-Jackson Vintner’s Reserve Merlot (I recommend this bottle when baking the bark & I’ll tell you why in a minute)
  2. Combine sugar and water in a small pan and bring to a simmer over medium heat & stir until sugar dissolves. Add in your fresh cranberries & cook for about 2-3 minutes (the water will turn a light pink). Remove from heat
  3. Drain cranberries and set aside. In a lipped cookie sheet, pour sugar down and gently put the cranberries in the sugar, rolling them around to get nice & coated. Let them stand to dry for 20-30 minutes (do not refrigerate until cooled & hardened)
  4. Once the cranberries are ready, put your dark chocolate chips in a microwave bowl & microwave on high for 20-seconds. Stir & repeat, pulling out every 20-seconds to stir, until chocolate is fully melted
  5. Spray a lipped cookie sheet with cooking spray (this helps hold down the parchment paper) and cut a piece of parchment paper so it hangs just a bit over the edges of the sheet.
  6. Spread melted chocolate on top of the parchment paper. Depending on how tick you want your bark, you can either play with the container size (a glass bread Pyrex is great for thicker bark) or you can double (triple!) the amount of chocolate chips. This is good to keep in mind if you are making a lot at once.
  7. Drizzle your finely chopped pistachios & sugared cranberries on top of the melted chocolate. Sprinkle as much or as little as you want – that is kind of the fun part!
  8. Place in the fridge for 30 minutes for the bark to set. Once ready, break into small piece, package, deliver & enjoy!

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