White X’mas with Pistachio and Cranberries

This no-bake slice ticks all the boxes when it comes to Christmas confection.

It’a ever-so-easy to make so you can can safely get your little helpers in the kitchen to give a hand, wrapped in baking paper it makes a delightful Xmas treat to gift your friends with and, above all, it is utterly and over-indulgently delicious.

The traditional recipe calls for an ingredient I wasn’t familiar with: Copha, an Australian vegetable shortening made from hydrogenated coconut oil…

As many Australians do these days, I have replaced this less familiar ingredient with the velvety  lusciousness of white chocolate.

This is not the only liberty I took… I sometimes find this confection to be overly sweet and somewhat adult-unfriendly, with its massive presence of rice bubbles and marshmallows. I much rather have my kids grow to like the sourness of cranberries and the savory quality of toasted pistachio and make this a treat fit to please children and grown-ups alike.

ingredients for 10/12 rectangles

180 gr (6.5 oz) white chocolate

60 ml (1/4 cup) condensed milk

25 gr (1 oz) toasted pistachios

60 gr (2 oz) dried cranberries

40 gr (1 1/2 oz) blanched almonds (I used chocolate covered ones..you only live once!)

25 gr (1 oz)desiccated coconut

1/2 vanilla pod or 1 teaspoon of vanilla paste.

In a double boiler, melt your chocolate with the condensed milk.

In the meantime, dry toast your pistachios in a non-stick pan for 1 or 2 minutes.

Pour the chocolate and milk paste in a large bowl, add your nuts,  fruits and coconut and scrape it onto a sheet of baking paper. Shape it like a sausage and place in the fridge for at least 4 hours before slicing.

Oh, Oh, Oh…Santa is coming to town!

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