Chocolate Pistachio Bark with Sea Salt


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.



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.