Wednesday, January 2, 2013

The Sunday Post ~ Easy Peasy Peppermint Bark

Easy Peasy Peppermint Bark

What you need:
1 large bag milk or dark chocolate chips(your choice)
1 large bag white chocolate chips
peppermint extract
12 candy canes
microwave safe mixing bowl
spatula or spoon
cutting board
jelly roll pan (cookie sheet with sides)
tin foil

Step one:
Line your jelly roll pan with tin foil. Don't use a cookie sheet- the sides of the jelly roll pan are important.

Step two:
Smash the candy canes. Leave them in the wrapper and smash with a hammer on a cutting board until you get pea-sized pieces and smaller. Then remove the wrapper and put the contents in a bowl to use later. (Hint: if you take the wrapper off before smashing you will have candy cane bits all over your kitchen).

Step three:
Melt the dark chocolate. 

Melting chocolate: Put all of the contents from the bag into your mixing bowl. Then microwave for 30 seconds. Take out and stir with the spatula. Repeat microwaving for 30 seconds and then stirring until the chocolate is melted. Don't overcook! It is very easy to burn the chocolate. While it may seem tedious to stir every 30 seconds, it will keep the chocolate from burning.

Step four:
Spread the chocolate onto the jelly roll pan in a thin layer. Get close to the edge but don't let the chocolate touch the edge. Make sure chocolate is in an even layer (as best you can)

Step five:
Melt the white chocolate using the same technique as the dark chocolate

Step six:
Add peppermint extract- 1/4 tsp or about 1 capful and stir.

Step seven:
Spread the white chocolate over the dark chocolate on the jelly roll pan. Be careful not to let the spatula touch the dark chocolate or your white layer will become muddy. Try to get the white layer as even as possible

Step eight:
Sprinkle the candy cane bits on the white chocolate

Step nine:
Cover with tin foil and press gently, pushing the candy cane bits into the white chocolate.

Step ten:
Refrigerate overnight and then break into pieces and package or serve

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