So here’s another holiday post from last year, an easy treat to whip up for all those teachers, co-workers, neighbors, friends and family in your life. It’s super simple and super yummy. I apologize for the icky photos though. :P
I used to get really excited about baking for the holidays. I would try and make 3-4 different kinds of cookies and bring them to work and give them away as gifts. But since time is scarce these days, I’ve let go of my ambitious baking goals and I just made one treat. While this recipe is pretty simple, I should add that the total time it takes to make is quite long, but only because of the chill time required for each layer. I like it because I can work on other projects (or cleaning the mess) while the chocolate is chilling.
Anyways, here’s what you’ll need to make some delicious peppermint bark:
1. Break candy canes into small pieces (I used the bottom of a glass bottle).
2. Line a baking sheet or glass dish with foil or parchment paper (I used a 9×13 dish, but I wish I had used something larger so the layers were thinner).
3. Melt one bag of white chocolate chips using the double boiler technique.
8. Make sure the bark is thoroughly chilled and hardened before cutting. The first time I tried to cut mine, the dark chocolate layer was still a little soft, so the bark started coming apart in pieces. I threw it back in the refrigerator for awhile and the second time it cut much better. Remove bark from pan and foil and cut into small pieces.
After cutting apart all that bark, I was left with lots of chocolate and peppermint shavings and pieces on my cutting board. I also didn’t use all the candy cane that I had crushed, so I had a stroke of genius!
I just threw some of the bark shavings into the bottom of the cup with the hot cocoa powder and added hot water. Make sure to stir it well so the chocolate and candy pieces melt. I rolled a marshmallow in the candy cane pieces and threw it on top! If I hadn’t been so tired, I could have whipped up some of that leftover whipping cream too, but that would have been tooooo indulgent ;)
I know that making hot cocoa mixes is a popular gift idea around the winter time and if you pretty this up a little, it could be a great variation!
Any holiday baking for you?
Here’s to a delicious holiday season!!