christmas extravaganza

Christmas Extravaganza

I love Christmas which is why I am having a CHRISTMAS EXTRAVAGANZA!

To help me celebrate, I asked a few of my favorite blogger friends to take a classic Christmas recipe and give it a unique spin and boy oh boy… the treats these ladies brought to my party are phenomenal! You can see those at the bottom of this post.

This is what I made… Rose syrup chocolate bark.

At first, I wanted to make a uniquely flavored cake but that didn’t really excite me.

Then, I wanted to make special cookies but meah…

Then, I realized that chocolate barks (mostly peppermint flavored) are one of the most popular home made gifts given to one another during this time.

So, I wanted to make chocolate barks too but flavor them with an Indian rose syrup called “Rooh-Afza”.

For those of you who don’t know, “Rooh-Afza” is a very sweet rose syrup with a vibrant red color! it’s found in Indian stores and is mostly used in refreshing drinks.

Personally, I love it mixed in almond milk but now, it tastes great as swirls in my chocolate bark too.

Making these is really very easy.

Here are the steps…

Step 1:  
Melt white chocolate in the microwave (i melted a full 24oz pack). i usually heat chocolate for 20 seconds, then stop and mix with a spoon and then heat again for 20 seconds and so on until the chocolate has fully melted. 

Pour this chocolate onto a cookie tray lined with wax paper and spread it with a spatula. Don’t spread too thin. I keep mine about half an inch thick. You can keep it as thick as you like. 

Step 2:
Pour 1 or 2 tablespoons of rose syrup randomly onto the melted chocolate.

Step 3:
Run a toothpick throughout the chocolate so that you end up with swirls of rose syrup. 

Step 4:
Pop your tray into the freezer for 15-20 minutes until the chocolate hardens and then just break it into big pieces. 

Here is a little tip:
Since rose syrup is a thick liquid, it will NOT solidify. So, when you are swirling, make sure to swirl properly and don’t leave behind any big puddles of syrup coz it will remain sticky even after the chocolate has hardened (as shown in this picture). I noticed that the finer and more intricate swirls were not sticky at all. 

And you are done!

Nowwwwwww, check out all the other treats that my friends brought to this Christmas Extravaganza. 

Chocolate cranberry skillet cake from Sandra at Sandra’s Easy Cooking

Poppy seed roll (Makowiec) from Raven at Ravienomnoms

Pistachio and cardamom semifreddo with rose cream from Manu at Manu’s Menu

Cocoa mint shortbread from Tiffany at Comowater

Stollen from Roxana at Roxana’s Home Baking

Chocolate cookies with candied fruit slices from Kate at Diethood

Honey pistachio sesame cookies (Barazek) from Sawsan at Chef in Disguise 

Well, that’s all for today.

Until next time, tata my lovelies.


  1. Liz

    December 20, 2012 at 9:32 am

    Your bark is just stunning! You marbled it PERFECTLY! Thanks so much for inviting me to join in your Christmas Extravaganza…such amazing inspiration in every post! xo

  2. Sawsan @ chef in disguise

    December 20, 2012 at 10:49 am

    Thank you so much for the invitation Abeer. This is a beautiful selection of yummy treats and it is an honor to be in such creative company
    Your rose syrup chocolate bark is a work of art! and the flavor must be heavenly

  3. SECooking

    December 20, 2012 at 11:40 am

    Thank you Abeer for inviting me…I feel honored! Looking at all those pictures making me crave something sweet now:) I am also loving your bark..very beautiful and delicious!!!

  4. Katrina

    December 20, 2012 at 11:48 am

    I love your rose syrup bark!! So gorgeous! I have enjoyed these posts today- thanks for organizing!! xoxo- K

  5. rita cooks italian

    December 20, 2012 at 11:53 am

    Thank you for sharing with all of us your favourite blogger friends Xmas recipes: I totally agree with you, all very good and all very inspiring!! Your marbled sweet treats are beautifully done….as usual. Have a good relaxing festive time!!

  6. RavieNomNoms

    December 20, 2012 at 3:51 pm

    Thanks so much for letting me be a part of your extravaganza!

  7. Lisa {Sweet 2 Eat Baking}

    December 20, 2012 at 6:29 pm

    Wow, what a great round up. Your bark is beautifully and perfectly marbled.

  8. Manu

    December 20, 2012 at 10:16 pm

    Thank you soooo much for having me over Abeer! I had a blast creating the dessert for this extravaganza! And I can see we both like Rooh Afza! YUM!!! Love all these yummy treats! 🙂

  9. Swathi

    December 20, 2012 at 10:52 pm

    Love this Christmas Extravaganza. You are really an artistic. that bark sounds perfect.

  10. Fiona

    December 21, 2012 at 12:37 am

    This looks lovely. I have both ingredients in the house so this may be made tomorrow.

  11. Tiffany

    December 21, 2012 at 8:28 am

    Thanks for letting me be part of the round up! Everything is so beautiful (especially your bark!). I just showed your bark to my boyfriend (who is an artist) and he couldn’t stop talking about it! Absolutely stunning! Big hugs, my friend!

  12. Manju

    December 21, 2012 at 8:45 am

    Wow Abeer,

    What a gorgeous round up….Beautiful and I’m totaly inspired. Hopefully next year I can get a chance to prepare somethign too for your event 🙂

    Loved your Rose bark…very elegant and pretty!!


  13. Didi

    December 22, 2012 at 5:40 am

    Wow, I just love these. Will make them this Christmas. Thank you for sharing!

  14. The Squishy Monster

    December 23, 2012 at 12:30 am

    Love this round up…Merry Christmas, Cake Whiz!!

  15. Akheela

    December 23, 2012 at 7:32 am

    Delicious round up of desserts. Happy Holidays and Happy New Year to you and family. I really like the new layout and design 🙂

  16. Kate @ Diethood

    December 23, 2012 at 9:45 am

    I am just getting around to all the posts and I am stunned at all the beauty! Nevermind all the drool I had to wipe off… Your bark, my dear, looks fabulous! Now where in the world am I going to find Rose Syrup?! 😀

    Thank you for allowing me to participate!! xoxo

  17. Treat and Trick

    December 23, 2012 at 3:05 pm

    I love seeing those gorgeous Christmas collection and your bark equally fabulous dear! You can use grapefruit juice instead of orange for the Eggless Orange Banana Cake, it works fine. Happy holidays!

  18. Sarah

    December 23, 2012 at 5:34 pm

    That chocolate bark is such a good idea!

  19. Eftychia

    December 26, 2012 at 6:38 am

    I want to taste each and every one of them!! Delicious extravaganza!!

  20. I Wilkerson

    December 26, 2012 at 7:41 am

    Great collection! Your rose-water bark is beautiful!

  21. Maureen | Orgasmic Chef

    December 31, 2012 at 6:57 pm

    Everything looks delicious and I can’t decide which to visit first. I want them all. 🙂

    Your bark looks so inviting beautiful to look at. Happy New Year!

  22. Dirtgirl

    January 23, 2013 at 5:56 am

    What some delicious looking goodies. It may be past Christmas, but that won’t stop me attempting some of these gorgeous items. Will be picking up a bottle of Rose Syrup tomorrow from my local Indian store for the Chocolate Bark. Also to try the syup in Almond milk.

  23. Maria

    January 27, 2013 at 5:30 am

    Love the idea of your bark.

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