Blueberry Pistachio Bark with Two Chocolates

We are prepping for a “going away” barbecue party for our friend Michelle, and today I was working on some desserts and sides.  An easy hand-held dessert for walking-about events is chocolate bark, and it is adaptable to all sorts of fun ingredients.  For this batch I used a dark chocolate base and poured it over plump dried blueberries, shelled pistachios, and chunks of good white chocolate for a little contrast.  It turned out beautifully and it will make a nice addition to tomorrow’s menu:

For the mix-ins I used a half of a cup each of dried blueberries and shelled, roasted pistachios (unsalted).  I lined a 9 by 13 inch baking pan with waxed paper and spread them out in an even layer.

Next I coarsely chopped a 3 1/5 ounce white chocolate bar (I used Green and Black).  It is easier to chop if you chill it in the fridge for about fifteen minutes first.  I spread this out over the berry mixture.
Place the pan in the fridge while you melt the dark chocolate–this will keep the white chocolate firm so it will hold its shape.  To melt the dark chocolate, chop up 16 ounces of bittersweet chocolate and place it in a microwave-safe bowl.  Microwave on high in 30 second increments, stirring after each 30 seconds until the chocolate is smooth.  Pour this in ribbons over the chilled berry mixture and then use a spatula to gently smooth it out to cover the ingredients evenly.  Chill until firm, then use a sharp knife to cut into pieces.  This is an easy treat and the combination of the blueberries and pistachios elevates the flavors to a new level.  Enjoy!
Thanks for reading,

-Angela

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12 Responses to Blueberry Pistachio Bark with Two Chocolates

  1. Karen Harris June 21, 2011 at 4:00 am #

    Oh wow. I'm on a blueberry binge right now. Just can't get enough.

  2. Anonymous June 21, 2011 at 4:11 am #

    I can't believe I'm going to miss this party—and the Blueberry Pistachio Bark!

    ~Nona

  3. Angela FRS June 21, 2011 at 4:17 am #

    Karen, me too! They are so fantastic right now I have been eating like a carton a day. Nona, wish you could be here–you will be missed.

  4. Jay June 21, 2011 at 9:34 am #

    wow…looks gorgeous..:P

    Tasty Appetite

  5. Shawn June 21, 2011 at 2:30 pm #

    Complete "mind crack"…You fixate on having the 2nd piece before you've even made the dish!

  6. Angela FRS June 21, 2011 at 3:48 pm #

    Shawn, excellent metaphor! I had some for breakfast…

  7. DeeVee June 22, 2011 at 3:26 am #

    That was some aMAZing stuff, Angela. OMG. I'm gonna have to make some now.

  8. Eftychia June 22, 2011 at 11:25 am #

    What a clever idea! This dessert looks delicious!

  9. Lorie June 22, 2011 at 9:57 pm #

    And it's kind of healthy with all those antioxidants, right? I need to make this for my hubby who loves dark chocolate.

  10. Angela FRS June 22, 2011 at 10:24 pm #

    Oh, totally healthy! Dark chocolate, fruit, nuts…cannot go wrong with this.

  11. Yenta Mary June 23, 2011 at 1:32 am #

    It's so simple, and yet chocolate bark is SO addictive! I could happily just tote that serving bowl around as my own personal portion while I chitchatted and schmoozed … :)

  12. Lindsey @ Gingerbread Bagels June 23, 2011 at 10:13 am #

    Oh my does this look soooo good! I love the combination of dried blueberries and pistachios. :)

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