Thursday, December 23, 2010

2010 Neighbor Holiday Gift - Peppermint Bark, Again

Do you have a favorite treat you expect a certain neighbor to deliver during the holidays? Sherry always makes me caramel popcorn and Amy makes delicious Chex Mix.

I wanted to be the owner of Peppermint Bark and have friends near and far clamoring for a bag. Until.. I got bored of making it. So for 2010, I tried switching to fudge.

Guess what...I broke down and bought the chocolate and candy canes as too many requests for Peppermint Bark have been denied.

Here's my recipe:

15 oz Merken's milk chocolate disks (called Cocoa Lite)
15 oz Merken's white chocolate disks
14 drops peppermint oil
1 box (12) Bob's crushed candy canes

In a microwave-proof bowl, melt the milk chocolate in 30-second increments until smooth. Add 7 drops of peppermint oil (approx 1 tsp.). Spread in a jelly roll pan, banging the sides of the pan to even the layer.

While this layer cools slightly, melt white chocolate in 30-second increments until smooth. Add 7 drops of peppermint oil (approx 1 tsp.).

Check milk chocolate layer. When it starts to cloud over, but is not completely set, gently drizzle the white chocolate across entire pan. Using a spatula, smooth out the white chocolate, covering the milk chocolate. Do not mix too aggressively or you will end up with marbled bark.

Sprinkle candy cane pieces onto the white chocolate and press. Allow the chocolate to set. Using a butter knife or dough knife, break chocolate away from sides of the pan and into bite-sized pieces.

1 pan = 11-4 oz bags

Favorite Holiday Appetizer-Baked Havarti with Dill

Have you tried this? so easy and so tasty

1 block of Havarti cheese (you can buy Havarti with Dill too, saves 1 step)
1 package Cresent rolls

Unwrap cheese, sprinkle with dill, wrap with rolls. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes or until roll dough is cooked.

Serve with crackers and try and share, please.

If you buy the cheese with dill in it, no need to sprinkle with dill, in case you didn't get that part.

Happy Appetizer-ing!