Chocolate Pistachio Bark with Sea Salt

ImageSwoon. 

That’s what I tried to make my boyfriend do by giving him this Chocolate Pistachio Bark with Sea Salt for Valentine’s Day. I used roasted pistachios and semi-sweet chocolate, though ideally I would have used raw, unsalted pistachios and excellent-quality dark chocolate. Alas, I go to college in upstate New York and this is what was available. 

So, go on. Make this. I swear to you that you, too, will be swooning.

ImageChocolate Pistachio Bark with Sea Salt

16 oz. chocolate [preferably good-quality and dark]

1/2 cup shelled pistachios

1/2 tsp sea salt

Line cookie sheet with parchment paper. Melt chocolate in microwave at 30 second bursts until melted. Pour chocolate onto cookie sheet, using a spatula to smooth into an even layer. Scatter pistachios and sea salt on chocolate. Chill in fridge until set, about 30 minutes. Break bark into pieces.

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Chocolate Hazelnut Brownies with Sea Salt

There is a photo of me at age six, sitting at the kitchen table with my fingers and face covered in chocolate brownie batter. I am also wearing blue fuzzy earmuffs, simply because I liked them. Or maybe I was wearing them so I wouldn’t be able to hear my father telling me to stop eating raw batter. Of course, this raw batter was created from a boxed mix, full of sugars and magical ingredients. After adding a tube of Hershey liquid chocolate and some eggs, brownies appeared.

These Chocolate Hazelnut Brownies with Sea Salt are not from a box. But, for some reason, the Nutella flavor is subtle enough that these treats could be discerned as from-the-box. The crackly crust, with a gooey interior is what makes these brownies so addictive. This is lick-the-bowl worthy batter, with a finished product guaranteed to please.

Chocolate Hazelnut Brownies with Sea Salt

Adapted from Mother Thyme

3/4 cup all-purpose flour

1/4 tsp salt

1/3 cup unsalted butter, melted

1 cup sugar

2 large eggs

1 tsp vanilla

1 cup Nutella

Sea salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a small bowl, mix flour and salt. Separately, mix butter with sugar, eggs, and vanilla. Stir in Nutella until well mixed. Stir in flour and salt mixture. Pour batter into a greased 8″x8″ pan. Sprinkle sea salt on top of batter. Bake for 33-36 minutes. Cool pan before cutting into squares.

The Ocean (and Brown Butter-Fleur de Sel-Chocolate Chip Cookies)

I made these:

I went here:

The ocean is my therapy.

Maybe I have obscured vision, but if you stare at the horizon for long enough, it becomes a solid white line. Things become aligned, at peace. Even if it is below freezing out.

Other things that make me at peace: film rolls and these cookies.

These are heavenly Brown Butter-Fleur de Sel-Chocolate Chip Cookies. I have never browned butter before, but boy does it add a kick to the average chocolate chip cookie. And then you add sea salt and suddenly these cookies are divine. Check out the recipe here.