Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Peppermint Bark

Although I wish I had all the time in the world to bake for Christmas, truth is I have so much else to do that I can only fit in a few batches of cookies here and there. So it makes it so much easier when I can make something with only a few ingredients and have it taste like I worked on it all day. That is the case with this Peppermint Bark. It's from Martha Stewart. (What is up with me and her recipes lately I have no idea. I'm more a Paula Deen type.) The recipe calls for only three ingredients. I altered the original recipe a bit mainly because I needed more bark than the recipe called for. This would make a perfect gift for friends, neighbors and kid's teachers. Just be sure to save a little for yourself!

Peppermint Bark

3 pounds premium white chocolate (I used the big block they sell at Sam's Club plus one bag of Nestle white chocolate chips)
12 large candy canes
3/4 tsp. peppermint oil

Line an 11x17 inch baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.

Chop the white chocolate into bite sized pieces. Place in a bowl set over a pan of simmering water. Stir chocolate until melted and smooth.

Place candy canes in a large storage bag. Using a rolling pin or kitchen mallet, pound the candy until it's less than 1/4 inch in size.

Stir the candy and peppermint oil into the melted chocolate. Remove from heat and pour the mixture onto the prepared baking sheet. Spread evenly.
Refregerate until firm, about 30 minutes. Break into pieces with a knife (you can use your hands but it gets messy). Store in an airtight container.


Peppermint Patty: [on the phone, to Marcy] Marcy, what book were we supposed to read during Thanksgiving Vacation?
Marcy: This is Christmas Vacation, Sir.
Peppermint Patty: Christmas Vacation? How can I read something during Christmas Vacation, when I didn't read what I was supposed to read during Thanksgiving Vacation?
Marcy: Duck, Sir. Easter is coming

-It's Christmas Time Again, Charlie Brown

7 comments:

southernlady64 said...

Oh my! This looks so yummy and easy! I have baked myself to death this year. lol. Probably gained 10 lbs., too. Just wanted to wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas and New Year. I will be going to the farm for Christmas with my girls. Love and hugs, Judy

Sweet Virginia Breeze said...

I've never made Peppermint Bark. This recipe sounds so simple, I may have to try it.

Sweetflutterbys3 said...

Southernlady- you and me both! Gosh, I am already thinking I need to lose weight and Christmas isn't even here yet. It's going to take till May for me to make a dent in this extra tire around my middle.

Have a wonderful Christmas with your girls!

Sweet- this was my first time making this too. It is super easy and I think it's going to be my gifts for next year to friends and teachers. My kids can't stop eating it :)

Brenda ND said...

Oh this bark sounds yummy. Thanks for sharing and Merry Christmas.

Sweetflutterbys3 said...

Brenda- thank you! And thanks for visiting. Merry Christmas!

Beth said...

I love anything peppermint (Man, I have eaten SO much peppermint ice cream lately!), so I may just have to make this. It really would make a perfect gift. If there is any...umm...left over.

Wishing you and your family a joyful and blessed Christmas, Mary Ann!

Sweetflutterbys3 said...

Beth- peppermint ice cream sounds wonderful!

Merry Christmas to you and your family.