One of my favourite Christmas activities is baking with my Mom, but this year, we likely won't have time to schedule our yearly baking day. My Grandma, whom I love dearly, has just moved into a hospice and my Mom has been back and forth from Edmonton to Calgary every week and I am at home with an active preschooler and *very* fussy (but super cute) baby.
It's been a challenging few months for both of us, but we're both looking forward to nestling in for Christmas with the family, and enjoying some holiday treats like this delicious chocolate bark. Although I will not have the time or likely the energy to bake some of my usual holiday treats, it just wouldn't be Christmas without this sweet and salty gem. It will become one of your favourites- it's fast, easy to prepare and will impress your family and holiday guests. The Dietitian in me loves that it is made with dark chocolate, fruit and nuts, making it a more "nutritious" dessert, but the chocolate lover in me forgets all of that and just loves it because it's delicious. Serve at a holiday party (with a good full-bodied red wine) or package some up as a thoughtful gift for a friend. Enjoy!
Have a parchment paper-covered cookie sheet ready.
In a double boiler on simmer (or a glass bowl over a pot of boiling water), melt chocolate while stirring constantly.
When fully melted, remove from heat and cool for 2 minutes. Stir in cranberries and pistachios
Pour onto cookie sheet and spread it out until it is about 1/4 inch thick all over. Place the cookie sheet into fridge for 5 minutes until partially set.
Remove from fridge. Sprinkle the sea salt on top and put back in the fridge to set completely (about an hour)
Break into small pieces and enjoy! You can freeze in an airtight container or ziplock bag as well.