Looking for Peppermint Bark Recipe
I'm going to a Holiday cookie exchange party tomorrow and I'd like to bring Peppermint Bark--the kind with white and dark chocolate and crushed peppermint candies on top. Anyone have a good recipe? I'd like to test it out and possibly add it to our sweets that we give to friends and family. Thanks
Melt chopped good semi-sweet chocolate (Trader Joes' "pound-plus" bars are reasonable and good)in a bouble boiler--Bottom large pan with steaming but not bubbling water, top pan or large bowl nested down into (but not touching water of) lower pan. Once choc is melted, stir till smooth and spread quickly on an unrimmed sheet (easier)about 3/8" thick.
Let it set up and melt chopped white "chocolate". Pour over the top of set dk choc and use an offset sandwich spreader to cover with a thin layer of white. Sprinkle chopped peppermints over the top and let set up. Sometimes I set mine in the cold garage or outside in the cold to give it a jumpstart. Start in a corner, and lift to break into jagged pieces.
I saw a bark today labled Carmael Apple Bark--sounds good. Ingredients were dark choc bark with tiny bits of toffee and dried apples, almost dust, sprinkled on top.
I like mint so that's why I do the peppermint. But maybe orange bark with bits of candied orange peel and orange oil in the dark choc? or lime bark, etc.
re: Cheesy Oysters
I use about the same amount, maybe a little less than the dark. You want the white thick enough so the dark doesn't show through, although now thinking about it, it might be pretty to pour the white onto partially set dark, blend in circular motions, and use GREEN & white spearmint candies to dust with. H-m-m-m....
re: Becca Porter
OK I so how do you temper it? Actually I made the dark chocolate and I placed in straight on a cookie sheet to cool. Then after it hardened, I tried to see how it would be when I broke it apart. I knew I wouldn't be able to break it apart so I remelted it again. Since I didn't have much time, I cooled it in the fridge which I see his a problem. But is there more to tempering? So close and yet so far.
Yes, I could go through telling you how to do it. However, I have only successfully kept items in temper once, so I may not be the one to ask. I have recently found out that even if your chocolate is in temper when you use it, it can drop out of temper if it cools incorrectly. Which has happened to me on my caramel apples when I dip them too warm and let them dry too close together,
I have managed to keep chocolate in temper. Buy good tempered chocolate. Any storebought chocolate is in temper, I like Lindt for experimenting as it is delicious, but not expensive like Valrhona. Chop it into 1/4 inch pieces. Melt it slowly in the microwave until 2/3's is melted. Stirring every 30 seconds or so. Then stir chocolate until completely smooth. It may take awhile and it will be a little thick when it is all melted. Use as needed. Do not refrigerate. If it is still in temper it will harden quickly at room temp and be shiny.
This works because you never get the chocolate hot enough to melt the good in temper crystals.
I've been doing the dark choc/white choc peppermint bark for about 10 years now. I always put it in the frig to "set-up" for about 1 hour. Then add the white choc/peppermint layer. It then goes back into the frig for another hour or so. Have never had a problem.
keep in mind that some commercial chocolate candies like bark have parafin in them to keep the snap. Homemade candy will be softer unless you really have tempering chops. I put my chocolate candies in a very cool room or outside at night for a quick cooldown. I'm always fearful of the moisture in the fridge to say nothing of the pastrami lurking there.
I think I'm giving up on the bark. I'll make it for family but I'm not giving it out. The second time I made it, I added some mint flavor and the taste is great but the white bark separates from the chocolate now! I think this is too much trouble and I'm going back to my old stand-bys unless any of you have even more tips.
I made white chocolate bark with peppermint and it turned out great. I tried melting milk chocolate chips and added peanut butter to the next batch. It will not harden though. Will it ever? Is there something I can do with/to it? It is about the consistency of fudge.
I found this one once that is supposed to be a clone of WS...never tried it yet though
Chocolate Peppermint Bark
18 oz. White Chocolate (melted)
6 oz. Crushed Peppermint Candy (or candy
6 oz. Bittersweet Chocolate (chopped fine)
3 oz. Heavy Cream
3/4 tsp. Peppermint Extract
1. Spread half the white chocolate into a
12" by 8" rectangle on waxed paper. Chill
until it's firm.
2. While the white chocolate is chilling,
melt the bittersweet chocolate with the
cream and peppermint extract. Stir the
mixture until well blended, let it cool to
room temperature, then spread it on the
chilled white chocolate. Chill to set.
3. Spread the remaining white chocolate over
the set bittersweet chocolate mixture, then
top with the crushed peppermint candy. Chill
to set, then cut into desired squares.
After all is said and done and tiring of trying the recipe again, I'm going back to making English Toffee and Peanut Brittle. I'm going to give it one more try and will add cream to the chocolate to see if it helps. I will also turn it over so the chocolate is on top when I cut it to see if that helps. Thanks for all the ideas.