Get a head start on the holiday season with a batch of homemade fruit and nut clusters.
What is it about the combination of chocolate with fruit and nuts that’s so appealing?
Maybe it’s the variety of textures; so pleasantly smooth, crunchy and chewy in every bite. Or is it the enticing combination of salty and sweet flavors? Whatever the reason, it’s generally a crowd pleaser, especially around the holidays.
These bite-sized clusters are easy to whip up whenever you need a sweet treat. You can make a dozen of them in minutes with ingredients that you may already have in your pantry, which makes them a perfect last-minute gift. Pack them in a pretty box, and you’ve got yourself a gift that will please any chocolate lover on your list.
You start by lightly glazing toasted pistachios with a salted maple caramel. To that you add a handful of sweet, dried, white mulberries. If you’ve never had mulberries they’re chewy like raisins with a mild fig-like flavor but lower in sugar and pack a nice dose of vitamin C and anti-oxidants. I’ve also called for just a tiny pinch of sea salt to the top of each of the clusters as well for a nice finish.
Of course you can substitute raisins or your favorite dried fruit if you’d prefer and the same goes for the pistachios (almonds and dried cherries, perhaps). That’s the beauty of a recipe like this; you can treat it as a template for your own favorite flavors.
Dark, rich and studded with caramelized fruit and nuts, these pistachio mulberry clusters make for a nice after-dinner treat, so make sure to make a batch for yourself as well while you’re at it!
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