Monday, December 16, 2013

Peppermint Bark

The Peppermint Bark that we made for our Trinity Christmas Cookie Boxes was actually the easiest treat that we made. It contains only two ingredients - white chocolate and crushed candy canes.

I also like that it looks festive, tastes great and comes together quickly which makes it a perfect homemade holiday gift.

Here's the recipe:
Peppermint Bark

2 pounds white chocolate
1 cup crushed candy canes, plus an extra 1/4 cup for sprinkling on top of the bark

The easiest way to crush the candy canes is to unwrap them and put them into a sealed plastic bag. Use a rolling pin or mallet to crush them. The goal is to get candy cane shards, not candy cane powder, so don't go too crazy.

Line a sheet pan with good quality parchment paper.

Melt the white chocolate slowly over medium heat in a double boiler, watching it carefully and stirring.

When the chocolate is melted, remove it from the heat and stir in the 1 cup of crushed candy canes.

Pour the mixture onto the parchment lined sheet pan, being careful not to let it run to the edges of the pan. Use an offset spatula or knife to spread it out until it is even and about 1/4 inch thick.

Immediately sprinkle on top the remaining 1/4 cup of crushed candy canes.
The bark needs about 2 hours to firm up so that it can be broken into pieces.

Let the peppermint bark set until very firm, about 2 hours. You can also place it in the refrigerator to speed up the setting time.

Break the bark into pieces and it's ready to eat or package for friends and family.

Self-sealing cellophane bags, red and white butcher's twine and tags make a nice presentation.

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