Tuesday, 21 December 2010

Christmas Peppermint Bark

Finally it is that time of year again! I love Christmas and all the homemade goodies that it warrants making! One of my favourite things to make at this time of year is peppermint bark. To me, peppermint bark tastes like Christmas-minty chocolate and candy cane crunch! It makes a great gift, too and can be wrapped up beautifully. My recipe says that peppermint bark will keep for 2weeks in the fridge. Usually, I don't have it around for that long...but this year I decided to make it a week before I would need it. Well.....a week later it is still ok...but not as great. It's flavour is definitely subdued and I have decided to make a new batch to give as presents. Whilst this makes my family quite happy (they get to eat the rest of the first batch), it is pretty annoying to have to make a whole new batch! So, my advice is, make this a maximum of 3-4 days before you need it.

Here is my perfected recipe....

Peppermint Bark
(makes enough to cover 1 baking sheet)

500g good quality white chocolate
300g crushed candy canes
400g good quality bittersweet chocolate
4tsp vegetable oil
1 1/2 tsp peppermint extract

Cover a large baking sheet with foil.

Stir bittersweet chocolate in a saucepan on medium-low heat until melted. Add peppermint extract and 2tsp vegetable oil. Cool to lukewarm (about 5 mins). Pour onto foil and spread evenly using a spatula or some kind of flat kitchen tool. Refrigerate until cold-at least 25min. Score the chocolate with a fork halfway through the chilling time. Remove any excess bits of dark chocolate.

Stir white chocolate in a metal bowl over a saucepan of simmmering water (do NOT let the water touch the bottom of the bowl) until melted. Add 2 tsp vegetable oil. Remove from heat and cool to 110*F (if you don't have a candy thermometer, this takes about 10mins or so-just make sure it's not very hot anymore but still liquidy. it needs to be only a little bit warm). Pour the white chocolate over the bittersweet chocolate and tip the balking sheet so that the white choc covers all of the dark choc. Don't use anything to spread it as it will mix up the chocolates. Sprinkle with the candy cane bits and press these lightly into the white choc. Chill to just firm-about 20mins.

Lift foil and chocolate onto counter or chopping board. Cut into 2inch strips. Cut each strip into 3 or 4 rectangles. Cut each rectangle into 2 triangles. (obviously you can make them whatever shape you want!)

Chocolate must be kept in the refrigerator!

I like to wrap peppermint bark up in Christmassy cellophane, tied close with red and green ribbons.


Sarah-Jane - SiliconeMoulds.com said...

mmmm - yum. Looks really tasty. I've been meaning to make peppermint bark for a long time - but ALWAYS forget to buy the candy canes.

Maybe next year ! I'll remember your recipe.

Merry Christmas

pulpixies said...

Thanks Sarah-Jane! Merry Christmas!

Ivy said...

Ohhhh, I love peppermint bark. I'll have to make it next year for sure.