Peanut clusters coated with a layer of dark, milk and/or white chocolate. Only two ingredients, easy to make and perfect as a homemade gift.
What’s up, guys? What have you been up to lately? Submerged in the holiday spirit, yet? I think my holiday spirit will grow today, as I’ve mostly been working (yes, pharmacists don’t have Christmas breaks). In between I’ve been racking my brain on the perfect Christmas presents for everyone. After weeks of brain torture, I think I finally have a present for everyone. All there’s left is to buy them. That’s right, I still need to buy all my presents. Horrible, right? Today is the day though. Talking about last-minute, huh? ^^” In between working, blogging and going to the gym I just haven’t been able to go for my annual Christmas shopping spree. Funny thing is, Christmas shopping reflects 2015 for me. This year everything’s been a bit less organized and a whole lot more scattered. It’s okay though. I kind of learned to live with it this year. Life’s never perfect and that’s completely fine. Some things are meant to “let go”.
Anyway, the day of Christmas eve has finally arrived! And so has recipe #4 in my series of last-minute edible Christmas gifts (1, 2 and 3). Today must be the easiest recipe yet. Yes, easier than the dark cranberry and coconut bark. It’s possible. You’ll need just two ingredients for this one! Just two! Also, there are just a few steps to making these. Last-minute doesn’t get more perfect than this.
To make this perfect last-minute gift, you’ll have to melt your chocolate and mix it with a whole lot of peanuts. If you’re not into peanuts or don´t have these on hand, almonds, cashews, hazelnuts, macademias or any other nuts would be delicious too. As for the chocolate, choose any kind you like. Dark, semi-sweet, milk, white.. Take your pick. I like dark and milk chocolate best. Whichever you choose, it´s important to temper your chocolate when making clusters, because it will make the clusters beautifully glossy and snappy. In addition, the chocolate won´t melt like a snowman in the sun does when you grab one (or two) clusters with your hands. Please don’t skip this step, because tempering chocolate is really easy. It just sounds a lot more difficult and scary than it is. I described the easy steps to tempering chocolate in this post for you.
Which flavor of peanut clusters would you go for?
Edible Gift Round-up so far:
- 200 g chocolate, chopped*
- 250 g roasted peanuts
- Line a shallow baking tray with a piece of baking paper. Set aside.
- Melt 150 g of the chocolate au bain marie. Remove from heat and add remaining chocolate one by one to the melted chocolate. Add the next piece of chocolate when the precious has melted completely. (Temper the chocolate, see post above.)
- Add the roasted peanuts and stir until mixed evenly.
- With a small ice cream scoop, drop clusters of the mixture on the baking tray.
- Let the clusters cool completely before serving or wrapping.
- *Dark, milk or white. Whatever you like.