Friday, December 18, 2009

Day 9: Swirled Peppermint Bark

The 12 Days of Christmas Baking On the 9th Day of Christmas, my true love gave to me.. Some Chocolatey and Refreshing Peppermint Bark!

Are you one of those people, that when you see desserts with peppermint you move on to the next dessert?? Well that was us, up until now! Before this Christmas, we never had peppermint bark and never really cared for anything flavored with peppermint.
We had a baking party the other day and wanted to make some kind of peppermint bark. Our friend Sarah suggested that we make peppermint bark because it's her favorite! We said why not, not really expecting to like it. Well, little did we know that we would LOVE it! We plan on making this recipe for all the Christmases to come!
12 oz white chocolate
12oz either dark or bittersweet chocolate
2 Tbs Vegetable Oil, divided
6 oz Peppermint Candy Canes
Line a 13 x 9 baking pan with foil( use non stick foil), make sure you let the sides overhang so you can pull the bark out when its done.In a heavy duty zip lock bag, crush the peppermints.
In a double boiler, melt the dark or semisweet chocolate and 1 Tbs of oil and stir until smooth. Pour the chocolate into the baking pan and evenly smooth out. Place in the fridge for about 15 minutes to firm. In a double boiler, melt the white chocolate and 1 Tbs of oil and stir until smooth. Remove the dark or semisweet chocolate from the fridge and with a paper towel, blot off and moisture that has accumulated on the top. Pour the white chocolate over the dark chocolate. Sprinkle the peppermint candies over the white chocolate.Place in fridge to firm for about 1 hour. Remove and cut to your desired shape and size.
*We didn't wait the complete 15 minutes for our semisweet chocolate to cool so when we put the white chocolate on top, it melted in the semisweet chocolate and created a swirled affect! =)