Tomorrow marks the official first day of summer in the Northern Hemisphere. In the dessert world, for some odd reason, I connect white chocolate with summer. I am not exactly sure why, perhaps it’s the color or the sweet smooth taste, but, the two have a connection, in my opinion, that I cannot explain.
Not too long ago, I told you that having chocolate at home can be quite tricky in Thailand. Usually, that tends to hold true, but, things have changed a little since the start of the rainy season. It’s not cold my any means, but it has cooled down! That being said, although the temperature has dropped most days, the humidity that comes with all the rain is another challenge in itself.
When I came across these freeze-dried strawberries at a 7/11, right away, images of a white chocolate project I came across on Pinterest popped up in my head. (Note: 7/11 in the US or Canada most likely won’t have freeze-dried strawberries, but maybe try Trader Joe’s or even Amazon).
The creator of that particular recipe that happened to pop into my head project is Jeanny. She is the writer and creative mind behind the German blog Zucker, Zimt & Liebe (means: Sugar, Cinnamon & Love).
Some of you may know that I am from Germany, so I have no problem reading her blog, but, I understand for many of you, it might be a different story. Even if you can’t read it, it’s worth checking it out just for all the amazing pictures of her creative sweet treats (She is a great photographer and food stylist; I wish I lived closer to be able to attend one of her food photography workshops).
In addition to the freeze-dried strawberries from 7/11, I also picked up some pistachios and imported white chocolate to create my own colorful, fruity summer chocolate! I thought the pistachios added a nice, green look appropriate for the summer season. For some reason, the colorfulness of the strawberries and pistachios alongside the crisp, elegant white chocolate just screamed “summer” to me. Strawberries and pistachios also seem to make a great summer snack and who simply doesn’t love white chocolate?
Creating this white chocolate bark is quite simple, but when you add in the challenge of tropical humidity things tend to get a little more interesting. To set up the chocolate it has to first be chilled in the fridge for a while. Of course, if you’re reading this from a colder. (or just more even mannered) location, then, thankfully, you won’t have to worry about such things as your chocolate melting right before your eyes!
Well, as soon as we take anything out of the freezer or refrigerator, condensation settles on it in an instant. You might still see a few droplets in the pictures, because my attempt of drying the condensation (in front of the fan) unfortunately, wasn’t completely successful.
This recipe is for a small portion for just my husband and me. But you can easily multiply it.
Strawberry Pistachio White Chocolate Bark
- 1 bar White Chocolate 100 gr
- Freeze-Dried Strawberries 10 gr
- Pistachios 30 gr, weight in shell
- Chop pistachios and strawberries (if necessary).
- Break chocolate into small square or cut into chunks and melt in double-boiler or microwave.
- Stir in pistachios and strawberries (reserving some) and pour mixture into a lined pan. Spread out and flatten with a spatula. Sprinkle remaining pistachios and strawberries on top.
- Keep in fridge until thoroughly chilled, then break or cut into pieces.
You can easily modify this recipe to taste or with whatever you have on hand. For example, replace the strawberries with dried cranberries, raisins or candied fruit. Or replace the pistachios with any type of other nuts. Salted kinds work just as well, as they help to cut the sweetness of the white chocolate.