Saturday, December 22, 2012

Happy Holidays

Waukesha WI photographer

Happy Holidays everyone!  I just finished making Peppermint Bark - an easy treat to make - and fun to share with family and friends.

Here's a link to Joy Of Baking site where you can watch a video on step by step directions & she talks about the different types of chocolate (YUM!)


Peppermint Bark:

6 ounces (170 grams) semi sweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
2 teaspoons vegetable oil (flavorless oil)
6 ounces (170 grams) white chocolate, coarsely chopped*
1/3 - 1/2 cup (80-120 ml) crushed candy canes

*you can also add a little peppermint extract to give it more flavor.

Line the bottom and sides of an 8 inch (20 cm) square baking pan with aluminum foil, smoothing out any wrinkles.

Melt the semi sweet chocolate with 1 teaspoon of vegetable oil in a heatproof bowl placed over a saucepan of simmering water. Immediately pour the melted chocolate into the prepared pan and tilt the pan so the chocolate makes an even layer. Place in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes, or until the chocolate has set.
Then, melt the white chocolate with the remaining 1 teaspoon of vegetable oil in a heatproof bowl placed over a saucepan of simmering water. Immediately pour the melted white chocolate over the dark chocolate and tilt the pan so the chocolate is in an even layer. Sprinkle the crushed candy canes evenly over the white chocolate. Place in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes, or until the chocolate has set.
Remove the Peppermint Bark from the pan by lifting the edges of the aluminum foil. Peel back the foil and break, or cut, the bark into small irregular pieces. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.

Read more at: http://www.joyofbaking.com/candy/PeppermintBark.html

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Sylvia Laughrin is a Waukesha, WI photographer.

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