The theme of my holiday season so far seems to be potlucks, and I am certainly ok with that! I love trying out new recipes and tasting what friends and family come up with as well.
Last night, a few of my favorite AU friends got together for our first annual holiday potluck! (Executive decision just made)
For the party I wanted to bring something healthy and tasty and realized I hadn’t made my mom’s famous bean dip in quite some time! When I told my friend-that-will-remain-nameless what I was bringing, the idea was shot down, but I knew his mind would change once he tried it, so I didn’t listen and made it anyway!
Super-simple recipe soon to come.
To ease his mind, I also decided to make something holiday-ish and I set out on my first peppermint-bark making experience! Disclaimer: This dessert is not healthy. It just looks fun and tastes very very good 🙂
I thought the bark would be challenging, but it was actually pretty easy! All you do is melt white chocolate in a double boiler (or in my case a strainer and heat-proof bowl
For dessert there were cookies and my peppermint bark
And there was also a holiday surprise….
Actually, he brought the quinoa…
Hope everyone’s having a great holiday season so far! 🙂 What do you make when heading to a potluck?
Layered Peppermint Bark
- 20 ounces white chocolate, coarsely chopped, divided
- 30 peppermint candies, crushed, divided
- 10 ounces dark chocolate, coarsely chopped
- 6 tablespoons heavy cream
- 1 teaspoon peppermint extract
- Line a 9×12 inch baking pan with aluminum foil or parchment paper.
- Melt half of the white chocolate in the top of a double boiler over just barely simmering water, stirring frequently and scraping down the sides with a rubber spatula to avoid scorching. Spread the white chocolate into the prepared pan. Sprinkle 1/4 of the crushed peppermints evenly over white chocolate. Chill until firm, about 15 minutes.
- Meanwhile, melt the dark chocolate, heavy cream, and peppermint extract together in the top of a double boiler over just barely simmering water, stirring frequently, until just melted. Quickly pour the chocolate layer over the chilled white chocolate layer; spread evenly. Chill until firm, about 20 minutes.
- Meanwhile, melt the remaining white chocolate in the top of a double boiler over just barely simmering water, stirring frequently, until just melted. Spread quickly over the chilled bark. Sprinkle with the remaining peppermint pieces; chill until firm, about 20 minutes. Cut or break into small pieces to serve.