And a little snowy robin hopped on to my windowsill & let me into a Christmas secret: St Nicholas has his eyes on all things delicious, shiny & new this year. He wants a bit of pizzazz at the bottom of that sooty chimney.
I think he may have finally had enough of those mince pies too, the gossip between the elves is that Santa has a gluten based issue. No pies for him. He's gone all LA on us kids.
Of course, we've got to cater for Father Christmas's needs (or there will be no pressies!) so we've upgraded to double chocolate marbled Rudolph bark.
Dark and white chocolate marble, scattered with crushed pretzels and glittered with dried fruit & nuts.
200g dark chocolate
200g white chocolate
150g dried fruit & nuts Christmas mix
I used this mix:
But if you can't get a mix, just use 100g of mixed nuts & 50g of fruit, or the other way round depending on whichever you prefer.
Start by breaking the chocolate up into a microwaveable bowls then melt it in the microwave for 2 minutes.
Double wrap a baking tray with cling film
Dollop the melted chocolate onto the baking tray, taking turns to spoon the white chocolate then the dark chocolate
Now for the fun part, marble it with a thin knife, swish it about. Make a pretty pattern, you know what to do.
The chocolate may need some teasing with the aid of gravity. Try and get it into a nice block shape.
Sprinkle over the raisins.
The salty pretzels help to bring out the flavour in the dark chocolate. So, break off chunks from each pretzel and scatter over the chocolate marbled bark.
Stick the Rudolph bark in the fridge for an hour or so to set.(Pasta sauce, yoghurt & potatoes optional)
Snap, break, smash your Rudolph bark.
And to gift any leftovers bunch up in cellophane wrap & add a suitably festive ribbon.
Enjoy! Eat, drink, & be merry!